Professor Sally Holland – resident of Cardiff West – announced as new Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has announced the appointment of Professor Sally Holland as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

The role of the Children’s Commissioner is to act as an independent champion for children and young people, advocating their interests and making sure their voices are heard at a local, national and international level.

Sally Holland, a resident of our constituency Cardiff West, is currently a Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, and is the Director and founder of CASCADE Children’s Social Care Research Centre.

She is internationally acclaimed for enabling children and young people to represent their own views through active participation in her research. Her areas of expertise include children’s rights, Welsh children’s views about citizenship and identity, looked after children, child protection and adoption. She has also campaigned for, and researched, the needs and rights of children.

The candidates for the position were interviewed by young people and a cross-party Ministerial panel, Chaired by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. Sally Holland will be taking over from the outgoing Commissioner, Keith Towler, whose seven year tenure will shortly come to an end. The Deputy Children’s Commissioner, Eleri Thomas, will assume the functions of the Children‘s Commissioner until Sally Holland takes up the role in April, ensuring continuity of service for children and young people in Wales.