[vc_row content_placement=”top” row_space=”remove_padding_top”][vc_column][gva_block_heading title=”#UsforThem Cymru”]Through the Covid-19 pandemic the one voice that matters the most has been silenced. Our children have been hit the hardest by lockdown measures and mitigations that have impacted every aspect of their lives.[/gva_block_heading][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][gva_block_heading title=”What we believe” align=”align-left”][/gva_block_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][gva_icon_box title=”Children” icon=”gv-icon-433″ description=”We believe children should not be treated as passive victims, but should have their views taken into account by adults who are making decisions that affect them.” icon_position=”top-left-title” icon_width=”fa-2x” icon_radius=”radius-5x” icon_shadown=”true”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][gva_icon_box title=”Policy making” icon=”gv-icon-1011″ description=”Children and young people should be given the opportunity to become active partners in the process of policy making that affects their immediate lives and has an ongoing impact on their future prospects.” icon_position=”top-left-title” icon_width=”fa-2x” icon_radius=”radius-5x” icon_shadown=”true”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”52px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][gva_block_heading align=”align-left” subtitle=”Face coverings in secondary schools”]Correspondence with Welsh Government (January/February 2022)

Face masks should have never been introduced in Wales in the first place. Especially when based on scant evidence such as published recently by the Department for Education.[/gva_block_heading][vc_btn title=”Read more” color=”danger” link=”|title:Full%20correspondence”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][gva_block_heading align=”align-left” subtitle=”Face coverings in secondary schools”]Correspondence with Welsh Government (Summer Term 2021)

The mask mandates are especially cruel to children. Yet ⁦the Welsh Government persist in ignoring the lasting damage that their irrational fears are doing to the most vulnerable members of society.

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Open Letter From Children

On behalf of all children in Wales, our youngest and bravest wrote a letter to the First Minister of Wales and Minister for Education to express their concerns regarding prolonged schools closures.

It is time to Bring Back Their Lives Again!

[/gva_block_heading][vc_btn title=”Read, Sign and Share their letter” color=”danger” link=”|title:Public%20open%20letter”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top” row_space=”remove_padding_top”][vc_column][gva_call_to_action title=”Together, we can make a difference” button_align=”button-center” style_text=”text-dark”]Get involved as we work together for a better future for children across Wales.[/gva_call_to_action][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][gva_icon_box title=”Follow us on Twitter” description=”Follow us on Twitter and help us to continue to make our voices to be heard. Let’s get tweeting!” icon_position=”top-center v2″ link=”” image=”5738″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][gva_icon_box title=”Join our Facebook Group” description=”Our group is super active and friendly. We’re always helping each other out and share the latest publications.” icon_position=”top-center v2″ link=”″ image=”5742″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][gva_icon_box title=”Follow us on Instagram” description=”UsforThem Cymru now has a presence on Instagram. It would be fantastic to meet you there!” icon_position=”top-center v2″ link=”” image=”6809″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row parallax=”content-moving” parallax_image=”5171″ row_space=”remove_padding_top”][vc_column][gva_call_to_action title=”“In all actions concerning children…the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”” button_align=”button-center”]Article 3, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child[/gva_call_to_action][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space css=”.vc_custom_1615457502359{background-color: #283d3b !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top” row_space=”remove_padding_top”][vc_column][gva_block_heading title=”Letters from Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales” style=”style-2″]

The pandemic response necessitates certain trade-offs. However, children are being disproportionately harmed by the Welsh Government interventions.

The Children’s Commissioner did not see any scientific data to substantiate the closing of schools early in December or adherence or due regard to children’s rights when doing so.

[/gva_block_heading][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][gva_icon_box title=”Letter from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales to UsforThem Cymru in response to Freedom of Information request” icon=”gv-icon-1565″ icon_position=”top-center v2″ link=”” icon_width=”fa-2x”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][gva_icon_box title=”Letter from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales to Rt. Hon Mark Drakeford MS First Minister for Wales” icon=”gv-icon-1565″ icon_position=”top-center v2″ link=”” icon_width=”fa-2x”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]