The government has set aside £500,000 in the current
year to help young people in England give their views on government
policies and services that affect them.
The Consultation Fund will pay for young people to attend
conferences and events, covering travel expenses, delegate fees,
accommodation and expenses for support workers. It is to be
targeted at children who would not otherwise take part in
consultations, including those from disadvantaged neighbourhoods
and disabled children.
Voluntary organisations will be able to apply for the money on
behalf of children and young people.
Children in Wales will also be getting a stronger voice in the
planning and delivery of public services, according to Welsh
Minister for children Jane Hutt.
Giving the Welsh Assembly government’s response to
recommendations from the Children’s commission for Wales,
Hutt said advocacy would be made available to all children and
young people in health, social services and education settings to
ensure they are better safeguarded and to expose unfair or abusive
treatment and bullying.