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Review of the role and functions of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

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The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM, has published a report following the independent Review of the Role and Functions of the Children's Commissioner for Wales (CCfW).

The position of Children's Commissioner for Wales was created in 2001 to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children and young people in Wales.

In recognition of the Welsh Government's continued commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and following calls, including from the Children's Commissioner himself, the independent Review was commissioned in June 2014.

Dr Mike Shooter, a leader in the field of child psychiatry, children's services and children's rights was appointed to undertake the review. He was tasked with looking at how Wales can ensure it has a Children's Commissioner whose role is as clear and effective as possible and with making recommendations aimed at further strengthening the Commissioner's position.

Following extensive public engagement, particularly with children and young people, the report offers a series of recommendations for the Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales and the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

The recommendations have now been received and considered.