Charities call for inclusion of Children’s Minister in Welsh government’s cabinet
Joint manifesto for children launched
NSPCC Wales and five other charities are 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, say the charities. It would also 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.
The manifesto also call for a Children and Young Persons 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.
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