The Annual Conversation


What is the Annual Conversation?

The Annual Conversation follows on from the work done for the G7, which came to Cornwall in June 2021. This gave children and young people the opportunity to share their ideas on the future of Cornwall. With thousands of young people taking part in the G7, the Council pledged to keep the conversation going as part of their commitment to recognising the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; particularly their rights:

  • to be informed
  • to be heard, and
  • have their views taken seriously

Why the Annual Conversation is Important

Children and Young People:

  • What you have to say matters. You have the right to be heard and to be involved in decisions made about your life
  • Getting involved gives you power as well as being likely to improve:
    • self confidence
    • wellbeing
    • your connection with other people and your community
  • What you have to say can influence what decisions are made about lots of areas of your life now and in the future. These areas include:
    • education
    • housing
    • jobs
    • the environment

Adults:

  • To enable children and young people to have the best life chances, to learn skills, develop their knowledge and feel heard and involved
  • To learn from children, understand their perspectives and why they feel that way
  • To support children and young people to realise their values, passion and voice matters
  • Adults have a duty to listen to children, take their views seriously and involve them in decision making

When and where is it taking place? 

The Annual Conversation events took place in November 2022 and November 2021. Our next Annual Conversation will be November 2023.

What can I do?

To get involved in Cornwall Youth Council please email
cornwallyouthcouncil@actionforchildren.org.uk.

What we talked about in this year's Annual Conversation:

We had 3 topic areas which were discussed at the Annual Conversation 2022. These were:

  • Our Future – Jobs and Skills
  • Achieving Good Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Being heard, involved and listened to

For more information or to get involved, please email childrensrights@cornwall.gov.uk

You can find out more about each of the pledges, including what is planned and what has already happened below:

The creation of space targeted towards and co-designed by young people, that centralises and facilitates learning about jobs, skills and how to advance in Cornwall!

Promote and educate young people and teachers and parents / carers, by providing information and resources about jobs and skills relevant for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, now and in the future (labour market information).

To create an environment where a Wellbeing Plan – Listen, Hear, Act – can help promote early intervention and support for young people

Balance the gender and age inequality towards accessing open public community spaces, facilities and services for all young people, children and young adults.

To find and create an app or website from which children and young people are heard, involved and taken seriously because we are the future of Cornwall

Work with young people to make their voice heard and become partners in policy making through communication and action – “The Bridge”.

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