Concise Minutes - Children, Young People, and Education Committee

Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Meeting time: 09.01 - 11.30
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:






Members of the Senedd:

Jayne Bryant MS (Chair)

James Evans MS

Laura Anne Jones MS

Ken Skates MS

Buffy Williams MS

Sioned Williams MS

Heledd Fychan MS


Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and the Welsh Language

Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice

Alessandro Ceccarelli, Welsh Government

Kirsty Davies-Warner, Welsh Government

Sian Jones, Welsh Government

Emily Keoghane, Welsh Government

Zsanett Swain, Welsh Government

Committee Staff:

Tom Lewis-White (Second Clerk)

Sarah Bartlett (Deputy Clerk)

Jennifer Cottle (Legal Adviser)

Michael Dauncey (Researcher)

Sian Thomas (Researcher)



Private Pre-meeting



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Children, Young People and  Education Committee.

1.2 The Chair noted that Heledd Fychan MS would be substituting for Sioned Williams MS for all business relating to the inquiry into pupil absence, for this meeting this was item 6.



2       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - evidence session 13

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Welsh language and the Minister for Social Justice.

2.2 The Minister for Social Justice agreed to provide the Committee with more information about the findings of the 2019 review of the Police in Schools programme.



3       Papers to note

3.1     The papers were noted.






4       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting

4.1 The motion was agreed.






5       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - consideration of the evidence and key issues

5.1 The Committee considered the key issues.



6       Pupil absence  - consideration of the approach to the inquiry

6.1 The Committee agreed the approach to the inquiry into pupil absence, subject to some additional stakeholders for oral and written evidence and some further information on specific areas.





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