In 2007, Funky Dragon sent two reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: the youth-led (11 – 24-year-olds) report, ‘Our Rights Our Story’, and ‘Why do people’s ages go up not down?’, a report on what children under 11 in Wales thought about their rights and how they could access them.
Afterwards, working with the Partnership Support Unit of the Welsh Local Government Association, Funky Dragon developed an approach to child-led research by children under 11.
Lleisiau Bach Little Voices built on this work in local and national projects supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Swansea and Bangor Universities. Our work was recognised in 2016 by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement as
‘an exemplary approach to involving young people – as young as 7 – as active researchers, using research to reflect critically on issues that really mattered to them, and to communicate their child-findings to key decision makers.’
Lleisiau Bach Little Voices projects have reached decision-makers at local, national and international levels, and contributed to professional research, education and training.