Pam Shaw

Principal Participation Officer

Pam oversees the Making Ourselves Heard network and has established it as the go-to place for professionals to share information, resources and practice around disabled children and young people’s participation.

Working directly with young people, Pam is instrumental in getting their views on a range of different projects at CDC and key in helping young people have a say on the issues that are important to them.

Pam is responsible for developing training to help young people understand how to get involved in decisions, and training to help professionals understand how to involve young people in decisions. She has worked in the voluntary sector for 11 years and has spent 9 of those at CDC.

Pam’s role at CDC has seen her lead on a number of young people led projects at CDC from events at 11 Downing Street, to involving young people at party conferences, campaigns, research projects and national policy influencing groups. She is passionate about challenging inequality and has family experience of disability. It is Pam’s strong belief that children and young people have a right to have their voice heard and professionals have a responsibility to help that happen.

Fun fact: Pam used to be a scientist!