Delivering change for children in Wales

Children need to be back at the top of the agenda says Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales

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Today we're calling on the next Welsh government to include a Children's Minister in its cabinet. The recommendation forms part of a joint manifesto, launched at an event in the Senedd.

Providing a seat at the cabinet table for a senior minister with direct responsibility for children would provide the leadership and co-ordination required to ensure children's needs are better met. And it would help to build on the work undertaken by the National Assembly in the 17 years since devolution.

This would give a voice to all young people in Wales at the very heart of government. Instead of responsibility spread across a number of portfolios, a dedicated spokesperson would deal with all issues facing our children directly.

It's an approach that we – along with the 5 other leading children's charities in Wales – would welcome wholeheartedly.


What we're calling for

A strong legal framework

A Children and Young Person's Bill in order to:

  • build on and strengthen the requirement of due regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • establish and embed robust participation structures
  • secure changes through legislation strengthening the Children's Commissioner for Wales remit, including revised accountability to the National Assembly for Wales
  • give children equal protection from assault under the law.

Robust structures in government

A Children’s Minister with oversight of - and accountability for - all Welsh government children’s policy areas and a National Assembly for Wales Scrutiny Committee for Children and Young People.

Driving positive local action

Clear direction from all areas of the Welsh government to ensure that children and young people's distinct issues are at the centre of planning and delivery of services at local authority and regional level.

Des Mannion, Head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales

Des Mannion, Head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said:

"Delivering change for children must be at the heart of the next Welsh Government.

"Since devolution, there has been a strong tradition of child-centred policy making in Wales. However, in recent years the policy response to children has been fragmented and focus has wavered, prompting concerns from all six charities.

"That's why we've joined forces to call for renewed efforts to focus on fulfilling children's rights and meeting their needs - placing them back at the top of the agenda.

"From a Children's Minister to increased powers for the Commissioner - from boosted scrutiny to new legislation; we must ensure that there is a focus on the distinct issues of children and young people right across the country."

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