“Have your say on the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales” – Lesley Griffiths

With the consultation on the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales closing shortly, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has called for children, young people and families to make their voices heard.

The call for evidence, which comes to an end on 17th October 2014, feeds into an independent review of the Commissioner’s role and functions being undertaken by Dr Mike Shooter.

The review is designed to take a broad look at how and why the Children’s Commissioner’s role and functions have developed, whether further changes might be desirable and whether the current legislative and governance frameworks support a Commissioner to fulfil the role to best effect.

The Minister is encouraging all of those with an interest, especially children and young people themselves, to feed into this important review which will shape the future role of the Commissioner. A website has been set up which includes an online survey for different age groups and a host of resources to encourage discussion: www.ccfwreview.co.uk.

Lesley Griffiths said:

“It is a source of great pride to people in Wales that we were the first country in the UK to establish a Children’s Commissioner over a decade ago, creating a truly independent voice to promote the rights and wellbeing of children.

“We’re committed to making sure the Commissioner continues to be as strong and effective as possible, which is why we launched this important review into its role and functions.

“I urge all those interested to feed into the review before the closing date – young people, parents, organisations and professionals alike. We want the people who know and have experience of the issues which have an impact on young people to be fully involved in shaping any future changes.”

The review is offering a number of opportunities to contribute including a comprehensive Wales-wide programme of workshops with children and young people, face-to-face meetings with key individuals and organisations, as well as the online survey and associated resources on the review website.