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Scrutiny presented with update on Period Dignity

Posted on : 11 Nov 2019

Scrutiny presented with update on Period Dignity
Lewis Girls School pupil, Emily Jones, Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement and secondary school head teachers with their period dignity boxes

An update was presented to Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Education Scrutiny Committee on the 5th of November to identify the progress regarding the authority’s period dignity action plan.

The report looked at the way the Caerphilly Period Dignity Working Party utilised the £13,206 Welsh Government 2018/19 revenue grant to provide 100% plastic free period products to young women across the borough.

The Caerphilly Period Dignity Working Party, which includes a councillor, a head teacher, secondary school pastoral leaders, youth workers, community workers, healthy schools, a school nurse and secondary school pupils have previously identified the options and actions needed to address the issues around period dignity; from the provision of free sanitary products in our schools, to raising awareness and understanding amongst young males.

In total, 134 boxes of sanitary products have been provided to every youth centre, community centre, secondary, primary, junior and infant schools with age appropriate red boxes featuring the logo designed by Emily Jones, pupil of Lewis Girls School.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement commented “It is vitally important that every young person has access to free feminine hygiene products and our commitment for this financial year (2019/20) is for Caerphilly Council to be the first local authority in the UK to provide every school, youth and community centre with products that are 100% environmentally friendly products which is an amazing achievement.”

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