The Active Involvement Team is Cardiff Council’s children & young people’s participatory and engagement team. Its aim is to ensure that children and young people’s rights are enacted with particular emphasis on Article 12 of the UNCRC which says that:
‘Children and young people have the human right to have opinions and for these opinions to matter. It says that the opinions of children and young people should be considered when people make decisions about things that involve them, and they shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand on the grounds of age. It also says children and young people should be given the information they need to make good decisions.’
To try to achieve this, the AIT run a number of programmes which are shown below.
Cardiff Youth Council
Every young person has rights:
We, as a representative council for 11-25 year olds, advocate for positive change and children’s rights across the city of Cardiff. For more information, click here.
UK Youth Parliament
Elections are held bi-annually for 2 members of the UK Youth parliament (MYPs). CYC also help the 2 elected MYPs to deliver the ‘Make Your Mark’ Ballot across Cardiff each year. In 2018, over 13,000 young people aged 11-18 completed the ballot and the results have influenced the annual priorities of not only the UK Youth Parliament, but also CYC.
Strategic Level Participation
- Children & Young People’s Scrutiny Committee
- Economy & Culture Scrutiny Committee
- Scrutiny Mental Health Task Group
- Children & Young People’s Advisory Board (CYPAB) for Child Friendly Cardiff
- Education Development Board
- Cardiff 2030 Education Strategy Development Group
- Rumourless Cities
- Cardiff Commitment Steering Group
- Cardiff Commitment Operational Group
An educational programme, delivered in both primary and secondary schools, which covers the following topics:
- Children’s Rights and Participation
- Pupil Voice (e.g. school council, debates, staff interviews, staff appraisal, school appraisal)
- Democracy – Youth Participation
- Democracy – UK Democratic Processes
In 2019 this programme has been delivered to over 2,500 pupils across the city.
AIT run 3 grand councils each year, each with a different theme bringing primary and/or secondary pupils together from across Cardiff. The grand councils allow the children & young people to have a say and help shape services. So far in 2019, AIT have worked with over 60 primary and secondary schools at these events.
AIT run a number of programmes where young people have training and then get involved in activities which have usually only been done by adults. These programmes are shown below:
- Young Commissioners - Approximately 55 young people have received training and helped with the commissioning process of over 65 million pounds worth of services.
- Young Interviewers - Over 80 young people have received training and been involved in over 750 interviews with Cardiff Council (various departments), South Wales University, Cardiff & Vale Health Board and many others including third sector organisations.
- Young Inspectors - Over 40 young people have been trained and inspected.
- Young Researchers - 12 young people were involved in research around the link between poverty and educational attainment.
AIT deliver training to professionals across the council and its partners on the following areas:
- Children’s rights and participation - This has been delivered to various council departments and organisations such as: - youth centre staff, National Museum of Wales, Various Families First Service delivery organisations.
- Train the trainer in all aspects of the Young Programme (see above) - Local Safe Guarding Children’s Board (LSCB), ARC & Tempo.
If you would like to know more about what we offer, or are either a professional or a young person wanting to get involved, please see our contact details below.