Improved Sanitary Provision
Written by Gavin on 19th April 2018
Rhondda Cynon Taf will become the first Council in Wales to introduce an improved and consistent approach to schools’ provision of free sanitary products for female learners – following Cabinet Members’ agreement.
On Thursday, April 19, Cabinet agreed an implementation plan for the new measure, which will require all schools in RCT with pupils aged nine and above to provide free sanitary products for female learners to access independently. A six-month trial will start in summer term 2018, followed by a review in September 2018 and full implementation by April 2019.
The introduction of these measures follow a notice of motion to the Council in July 2017, after which the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee established a Scrutiny Working Group to investigate the current approach to the provision and disposal of sanitary products in primary and secondary schools. The Working Group put forward 15 recommendations which received cross-party support when considered by Full Council during March 2018.
Cabinet Members have agreed with recommendations in an Officer report to Thursday’s meeting, to introduce the new measures. This included approving an implementation plan, outlining a number of key milestones and delivery dates for the introduction of the scheme – which will now begin in April 2018.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“Following Cabinet’s decision on Thursday, and following Full Council’s support last month, Rhondda Cynon Taf will become the first Council in Wales to introduce not only an improved and free provision of sanitary products for female learners in its schools – but, equally importantly, a consistent approach across all schools.
“Informed by comprehensive research conducted by the Cross Party Working Group, the Council has gained a clear understanding of the problems and apprehensions experienced by young girls in our schools, due to an inconsistent approach to the provision of sanitary products. It was on this basis that Council agreed the recommendations of the Cross Party Scrutiny Working Group with Cabinet now agreeing the implementation plan to roll out free provision.
“I’d like to thank the young people who engaged with the working group for being so open and honest on such a personal subject, helping to properly inform the research and subsequent recommendations.
“The Working Group’s 15 recommendations have now been agreed by Cabinet Members, and the pilot scheme will be started in April 2018 before a review in six months’ time.”