More than 90 children will discuss the issues affecting children in NSW with their peers today as they represent their electorate in this year’s Children’s Week Parliament, hosted by the Office of the Advocate for Young People and YMCA NSW (the Y NSW).
This year, Children’s Week Parliament will take place online. Children will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of Members of Parliament who will share what life as a politician looks like. The Advocate for Children and Young People will also conduct training which will include public speaking tips.
Following training, participants will break off into groups and deliver a speech about an issue they are passionate about to key decision makers.
The Advocate for Children and Young People, Ms Zoë Robinson said that Children’s Week Parliament is just one of the many ways children’s voices are heard by NSW Government.
“Children’s Week Parliament gives children an opportunity to learn about politics first-hand from Members of Parliament and to speak about and discuss the issues they feel strongly about,” Ms Robinson said.
Y NSW CEO Susannah Le Bron said in an exceptionally challenging year it is vital that children are given a platform to be heard.
“Children deserve to have a say on the issues that impact them and we adults have a lot to learn from them! Their ideas are innovative, insightful and have the power to effect great change. The Y is incredibly proud once again to partner with the ACYP to deliver this important program,” she said.
Children’s Week is marked annually in the third week of October to celebrate a child’s right to enjoy childhood. This year Children’s Week runs from 24 October to 1 November.
Spokespeople: Ms Zoë Robinson, Advocate for Children and Young People, Ms Susannah Le Bron, CEO, Y NSW
ACYP | Una O’Neill – 0439 346 249
Y NSW | Madeleine Clarke - 0400 974 816