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Rights for children and young people

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We formally adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 2004.

In the same year we adopted the Convention as the basis of all our policy-making for children and young people. We have articulated this through our 7 core aims.

We are committed to making the principles of the UNCRC a reality for all children and young people in Wales. Major cultural change does not happen overnight; full implementation of the UNCRC is a long term strategic objective.

Getting it right

The UN Committee in Geneva published its Concluding Observations following examination of the progress made by the UK in 2016. The Concluding Observations highlight areas where further work is needed.

Children’s Commissioner

The Commissioner protects and promotes the rights and welfare of children and young people in Wales. He/she also monitors progress by Government in implementing children and young people’s human and civil rights.

Advocacy

Children and young people have a right to be heard and advocates help this to happen. Advocacy is a process that helps children and young people to speak up for themselves and access their rights.

How we work

We develop key policies by working closely with many NGO and with children and young people themselves. We make these policies into legislation where powers to do so are devolved to Wales.

We also work closely with local authorities and their partners to deliver our policies for children and young people.

Concluding Observations Document for 7-11 year olds (External link)

This document has been created by the Children's Rights Alliance for England and is not available in Welsh.

Concluding Observations Document for 12-17 years olds (External link)

This document has been created by the Children's Rights Alliance for England and is not available in Welsh.