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Carl Sargeant AM
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

Carl Sargeant was born in St. Asaph, North Wales. He is married, has 2 children and has lived in Connah’s Quay all his life.

Previously employed by a leading manufacturing company in North Wales he has trained as a quality and environmental auditor and also as an industrial fire-fighter.

With football a family interest, Carl has many connections with local teams and enjoys watching Newcastle United.

He was a local town councillor and represented the Community and Council as Chairman in 2001. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Recreation and Entertainment Committee.

He also had Chairman Responsibilities for Planning within the Town. Carl has many interests within the Community and served as a Governor at Deeside College of Further Education and Ysgol Bryn Deva Primary.

He was first elected in the National Assembly for Wales election of 2003. He has sat on the Enterprise, Innovation and Networks subject committee and was a member of the Railway, Infrastructure and Passenger Committee. He was also a member of the Assembly’s Audit Committee.

In 2007, Carl was re-elected to the National Assembly for Wales and was appointed as Labour Chief Whip and Deputy Business Manager for the Welsh Assembly Government. In December 2009, Carl was appointed as Minister for Social Justice and Local Government. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Carl Sargeant was appointed Minister for Local Government and Communities and in March 2013 was appointed Minister for Housing and Regeneration. In September 2014, he was appointed Minister for Natural Resources. Following re-election in May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

His interests are aerospace technology and community safety.

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children is responsible for:

  • Children’s and young people’s rights and entitlements, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Childcare
  • Legislation relating to the removal of the defence of Reasonable Chastisement
  • Flying Start Initiative for children 0-3
  • Families First and play policies
  • Adoption and fostering services in Wales
  • Children and young people’s advocacy, including complaints, representations and advocacy under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004
  • The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
  • Communities First
  • Welfare reform
  • Financial inclusion, including credit unions
  • Regeneration, including Strategic Regeneration Areas; legacy regeneration; and provision of sites and premises, derelict land and environmental improvements relating to regeneration
  • The housing and housing-related activities of Local Authorities and housing associations, including housing management and the allocation of social and affordable housing
  • Supply and quality of market, social and affordable housing
  • Homelessness and housing advice
  • Matters relating to housing provided by the private rented sector, including regulation of registered social landlords
  • Aids and adaptations, including Disabled Facilities Grants and Physical Adaptation Grants
  • The provision of housing-related support (but not the payment of Housing Benefit)
  • The regulation of commercial tenancies let by Local Authorities
  • Equality, covering the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and human rights in relation to UN and EU Conventions
  • Co-ordination of issues relating to Gypsies and Travellers, asylum-seekers, immigration, migrant workers and community cohesion (except where they relate specifically to other portfolios and counter terrorism measures)
  • Crime and Justice policy, including Youth Justice
  • Community Safety, including relations with the Police and Crime Commissioners, Police and other Criminal Justice Agencies, civil contingencies, resilience and counter-terrorism issues
  • The Fire and Rescue Services, including community fire safety
  • Lead on policy in relation to the Armed Forces in Wales and Veterans
  • Anti-slavery, domestic abuse, gender-based violence and sexual violence
  • The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering
  • Lead responsibility for monitoring Post Office and Royal Mail matters in Wales.
NB The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for Looked after Children including adoption, fostering, placements and secure accommodation (including placement at Hillside); advocacy for children and young people and, safeguarding in respect of children and young people including child sexual exploitation,  and historic child abuse (lessons for future safeguarding, support for survivors who are still children, and issues affecting the police).

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