WISERD evaluates Children’s Commissioner scheme

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Dr Rhian Barrance is evaluating the Super Ambassador scheme

Dr Rhian Barrance has been selected to carry out the Evaluation of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Super Ambassador scheme, which 260 primary schools signed up to in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Super Ambassador scheme is free for schools to take part in. It aims to raise awareness of children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) among children and professionals in primary school settings. It also aims to raise awareness of the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales among children and professionals, and to provide a way for the Commissioner to gather the opinions and experiences of children in Wales.

The aim of the evaluation is to assess the impact of the scheme, to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations to increase uptake and impact. The evaluation is wide-ranging, and has involved interviews, questionnaires and observations of training sessions.

Dr Barrance said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to complete this evaluation for the Children’s Commissioner. As this is a programme for children, I have worked with an advisory group of children and young people, who have helped me design the questionnaire and decide on questions for interviews. This has ensured that the research addresses the views and experiences of children.”

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