Coordinator: Professor Jane Williams
Jane is a former barrister and government lawyer, founding co-director of the Observatory on Human Rights of Children, founder of the Children’s Legal Centre Wales and a professor in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University. From 2014 she led the Little Voices projects, managing successive grants from Big Lottery People and Places. She is the author of publications on law and public policy, children’s human rights and Welsh devolution, a former member of the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group and trustee of the Campaign for the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales. From 2018 -2020 she was acting Director of the Morgan Academy, a public policy think tank dedicated to addressing wicked issues in public policy affecting Wales and the wider world, managing its transition at Swansea University to the Morgan Advanced Studies Institute.
Project Design, Delivery and Public Engagement: Helen Dale
Helen Dale’s work with Little Voices began at Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales 2000 -2014. In 2014 she moved with the project to the Observatory on Human Rights of Children at Swansea University. She supported all south Wales Little Voices projects as well as national research, and co-authored project reports, training guides and other publications. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Helen designed and delivered university modules, professional training, mentoring and other professional support on children as researchers and the Little Voices methodology which she co-created with Arwyn Roberts.
Project Design, Delivery and Public Engagement: Arwyn Roberts
Arwyn Roberts joined the Observatory on the Human Rights of Children at Bangor University in 2014 after working for Funky Dragon from 2007. Based in the School of Education and Human Development at Bangor University, Arwyn supported all north and mid Wales Little Voices projects and those delivered in the Welsh language as well as national research, and co-authored project reports, training guides and other publications. Arwyn designed and delivered university teaching and professional training and support on children as researchers and the Little Voices methodology which he co-created with Helen Dale.
Research Support: Andrew Jenkins
A graduate of Swansea University, Andrew has a BA in Classical Civilisation and an MA in Politics. Between 2012 and 2017, Andrew held elected office on the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. He joined the Observatory on Human Rights of Children in 2017, working as Research Support on understanding children and young people’s participation. In 2018 he joined the Little Voices team, providing background research, policy support and developmental connectivity with the Children’s Legal Centre Wales.