Kids' call on council's historic plan
YOUNGSTERS are urging Swansea Council to support plans to make the city the UK capital of children's rights.
Next week councillors will consider signing up to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into everything it does.
Swansea would become the first local authority in Wales to do so.
Before members vote on the matter at full council, pupils from Blaenymaes and Hafod primary schools will deliver a presentation.
Both schools have already included the convention through the Rights Respecting schools programme and pupils will be explaining how it makes a difference to their lives.
Bev Phillips, head teacher at Blaenymaes, said: "Children are happier in school, they want to come to school in the morning and they want to help each other to learn.
"They are more confident and they more able and willing to play a vital role in how the school develops and moves forward. It's also helped bring the wider community together too."
Jaydn Fowler, aged 10, a rights ambassador at the school, said: "We need rights to help us learn, get along and have a safer life. It will make Swansea a better place for children." If council agrees to the proposals which have been developed, the UNCRC will become a part of council policy.
It means a duty will be placed on the cabinet to have 'due regard' to children and young people's rights.
An annual Children and Young People's Rights Scheme will be published to let people in Swansea know what the council is doing to support children's rights.
Mitch Theaker, cabinet member for children and young people said: "It's exciting to think that Swansea could become the first local authority in the UK and even Northern Europe to adopt such a far reaching approach to children's rights.
"If members agree it means that the cabinet will have to have 'due regard' to children's rights. That means every decision about children and young people will be tested against the UNCRC.
"However, this is not just about being symbolic, it's about taking a bold step forward which will influence how the council sees, supports and provides services for children and young people."