Before taking the step of formal adoption of the UNCRC, the Authority first sought to demonstrate in practical and measurable terms its commitment to the advancement of children’s rights, by establishing the Children and Young People’s Rights Office (CYPRO).
CYPRO works to ensure that the voices of disengaged and vulnerable young people are not only heard but are central to the workings of the organisation. This is achieved in a number of different ways, e.g by working closely with schools to develop pupil participation, through facilitating youth forums and by extensive children’s rights training of staff and young people.
Following a launch event, where Pembrokeshire formally adopted the UNCRC, a Pledge for Children and Young People was produced (by working together with young people) and sent to every school pupil in Pembrokeshire to re-affirm Pembrokeshire’s commitment to upholding their rights under the UNCRC. All schools were also visited by CYPRO team members to assess their practice regarding pupil voice and children’s rights and where required supported to improve by receiving bespoke training.