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Children’s rights in Wales

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking a short inquiry on children’s rights in Wales to review the impact of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011. It will consider:

  • the extent to which the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011  has influenced the Welsh Government’s decision making, including its financial allocations and whether it has fulfilled the Convention’s ‘general measures’ of implementation;
  • evidence of whether the Measure has led to improved outcomes for children and young people;
  • whether the duties within the Measure have been embedded effectively across Welsh Government cabinet portfolios and policy;
  • the extent to which the Welsh Government has sought to ensure that its duties within the Measure are translated into the work of the public bodies it provides funding to, including local authorities and NHS bodies;
  • the extent to which the Welsh Government has implemented its duty to promote knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC amongst the public, including children and young people;
  • how the duty to have ‘due regard’ to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is being implemented in practice and whether Child Rights Impact Assessments are being used as a meaningful tool;
  • the effectiveness of the Children’s Right’s Scheme and the most recent Welsh Government compliance report, and the extent to which they evidence sufficient action on the part of Welsh Government to ensure full implementation of the Measure;
  • how effectively the Welsh Government responds on a strategic basis to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

 

Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1.  Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group

Sean O’Neil, Policy Director, Children in Wales

Tim Ruscoe, Public Affairs and Participation Officer, Barnardo’s Cymru

Dr Simon Hoffman, Associate Professor, Swansea University

16 October 2019

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2.  Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales

Dr Phillip Connor, Consultant in Paediatric Haematologist, Directorate Research and Development Lead, The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales

Rhian Croke, Children’s Human Rights Advisor, Human Rights Wales

Rhian Thomas Turner, Senior Operations Manager, Children’s Hospital for Wales

16 October 2019

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3.  Equality and Human Rights Commission

Melissa Wood, Senior Associate

Hannah Wharf, Principal

16 October 2019

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4.  Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Rachel Thomas, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

16 October 2019

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5.  Welsh Government

Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services

Karen Cornish, Deputy Director, Children & Families Division – Welsh Government

David Pearce, Head of Children's Branch – Welsh Government

6 November 2019

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6.  Youth Parliament representatives

Betsan Angell Roberts, Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Cardiff North

Todd Murray, Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Bridgend

Ffion Griffith, Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Islwyn

Maisy Evans, Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Torfaen

20 November 2019

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 09/07/2019

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