We have been working with the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA), supporting children with Cleft Lip and Palate to explore their experiences, share their views and celebrate the things that make them unique and special. CLAPA is a national charity for children and families affected by Cleft Lip and Palate, working towards a world where having a cleft lip and/or palate is no barrier to children achieving their dreams and desires.
In 2016 CLAPA approached us to support their newly formed Scotland Children and Young Person’s Council (SCYPC), made up of children and young people aged 9-17. The group meets three times a year to discuss issues they think are important, inform/provide feedback to organisations/professionals about their work with young people who were born with a cleft, share experiences and have fun with each other.
Children’s Parliament has met with CLAPA three times supporting the group to explore their experiences of being affected by cleft lip and palate using a rights-based approach. The group has explored what children need to be happy, healthy and safe and have thought about how rights apply to children affected by cleft lip and palate. The group quickly identified bullying as a serious issue affecting children and young people and children affected by cleft lip and palate in particular. The group shared their experiences of bullying and want to take action to support other children and adults to be bold and stand against bullying and other rights infringements.
The SCYPC now want to share their ideas and experiences with adults who can make decisions which impact their lives and have their voices heard.
For more information about Cleft Lip & Palate Association please visit their website at: www.clapa.com
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