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Period Dignity

The Council has launched an initiative to provide free sanitary products in schools across the city.

Funded by Welsh Government, the new scheme is designed to promote period dignity and tackle period poverty in school, helping girls and young women to reach their potential. The programme also contributes to Cardiff’s commitment to becoming a Child Friendly City, where the views and priorities of children are at the heart of decision making.
Research carried out in Cardiff showed that almost a third of students currently feel that their period impacts negatively on their school attendance. While 40 percent felt their periods had negatively impacted on their school performance. 

The survey also found that privacy and discretion were the main factors behind pupils’ preferences when it comes to accessing feminine hygiene products in schools.  

To meet these needs, free feminine hygiene products, along with funding for additional sanitary bins, will be rolled out to schools and other settings across Cardiff, ensuring girls and young women have easier access when needed. 

All primary, secondary and special schools will be involved in the programme and the roll-out follows on from the successful pilot in four schools; Cathays High School, Eastern High School, Adamsdown Primary School and Grangetown Primary School.

Back in the summer, teams in Education carried out a survey with staff at all Cardiff schools to find out about current provision of feminine hygiene products for female students. The views of 1,446 female secondary school students were also collected. 

The findings from the survey and pilot have informed the roll-out of the programme across schools in the city which will commence between now and Easter and continue throughout the summer term. Full details and guidance has been provided to support schools. 

Over £117,000 is allocated to Cardiff as part of £1.14 million Welsh Government​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ funding which aims to help tackle stigma and address period poverty in communities.

Teams in Education have also been working with students and key partners to look at the education on menstruation to ensure it meets their needs.

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