Meetings

Inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on children and young people in Wales

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

Note: Meeting Agenda can change at short notice. Particularly where future meeting dates are indicated more than a week in advance. Please check before planning to attend a Committee Meeting that the item you are interested in has not been moved.

Meeting: 18/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

7 COVID-19 - consideration of the draft report

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Minutes:

7.1 The Committee discussed the draft report. As this was the last Committee meeting of the Fifth Senedd, Members agreed to consider final amendments and agree the report electronically.


Meeting: 18/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19: vulnerable children

Sally Jenkins, Head of Children and Family Services – Newport City Council

Jan Coles, Head of Children’s Services - Powys County Council

Nicola Stubbins, President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru

Jonathan Griffiths, Director of Social Services and Housing - Pembrokeshire County Council

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from representatives of frontline local authority social services.


Meeting: 18/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

COVID-19: vulnerable children

Deborah Jones, Chief Executive Officer - Voices from Care

Emma Phipps-Magill, Well-being Manager - Voices from Care

Sharon Lovell, Chief Executive Officer – National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Cymru

Ben Twomey, Director of Policy and Research - National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Cymru

Jackie Murphy, Chief Executive Officer - Tros Gynnal Plant (TGP) Cymru

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Cymru, Voices from Care and Tros Gynnal Plant (TGP) Cymru.

3.2 Tros Gynnal agreed to provide a note on how many children are living in 155 independent private homes in Wales.

3.3 Voices from care agreed to provide the following:

A report relating to the process of young people leaving care and

An update on projects based on the leaving care approach in wales called When I am Ready.


Meeting: 18/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: vulnerable children

Sarah Crawley, Director of Children’s Services - Barnardo’s Cymru

Brigitte Gater, National Director Wales - Action for Children

Cecile Gwilym, Policy & Public Affairs Manager - NSPCC  

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from NSPCC, Barnardo’s Cymru and Action for Children.


Meeting: 11/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

COVID-19: further education

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales

David Jones, Chair, Qualifications Wales

Denver Davies, Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Qualifications Wales

Yana Williams, Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria

Barry Walters, Principal of Pembrokeshire College

Karen Phillips, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd

Minutes:

3.1 Apologies were received from David Jones, Chair of Qualifications Wales.

 

3.2 The Committee heard evidence relating to the impact of COVID-19 on further education and students in the further education sector.


Meeting: 11/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: higher education

Dr Ben Calvert, Chair of Universities Wales Learning & Teaching Network and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales

Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Universities Wales

Kieron Rees, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Universities Wales

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Bethan Owen, Deputy Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

 

 

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence relating to the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and students in the higher education sector.


Meeting: 11/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Director General for Regulation at the Office for Statistical Regulation regarding the publication of a review into the approach for developing statistical models for awarding grades in 2020

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Minutes:

4.1a The paper was noted.


Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education regarding safeguarding referrals and Looked After Children

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Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

Covid-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: mental and physical health

Professor Ann John, Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School and Chair of the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on the prevention of suicide and self-harm

Professor Alka Ahuja, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & National Clinical Lead, TEC (Technology Enabled Care) Cymru and Public Engagement Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales

Professor Adrian Edwards, Professor of General Practice at Cardiff University, Director of the new Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre, Director of PRIME Centre Wales (all-Wales centre for primary and emergency care research) and part time GP

Dr David Tuthill, Consultant Paediatrician and Officer for Wales at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from Professor Ann John, Professor Alka Ahuja, Professor Adrian Edwards and Dr David Tuthill on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.


Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people – return to education

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Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

COVID-19: statutory education

Gareth Evans, Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Professor Dylan Jones, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Institute of Education, University Wales Trinity St David

 

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Gareth Evans and Professor Dylan Jones on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.


Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education regarding the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people returning to education

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Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services regarding safeguarding referrals and Looked After Children

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Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID-19: Update on the engagement with university students

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Minutes:

7.1 The Committee received a presentation on findings from the virtual focus groups that had taken place with students. The Committee agreed that the information would be used to inform the evidence sessions with representatives from higher and further education scheduled for 11 March 2021.


Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous sessions.


Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: statutory education

Luke Sibieta, Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Education Policy Institute

Professor Chris Taylor, Professor of Education and Academic Director of the Social Science Research Park (SPARK) - Cardiff University

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Minutes:

2.1 Under Standing Order 17.24A, Hefin David MS declared that his daughter had Additional Learning Needs.

2.2 The Committee heard evidence from Luke Sibieta and Professor Chris Taylor on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.

2.3 Luke Sibieta agreed to provide the Committee with any statistical evidence available from the Welsh Government in relation to school attendance of vulnerable children including those with additional learning needs during the lockdowns, and whether experiences varied across Wales.


Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the meeting on 14 January 2021

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Meeting: 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Additional information from Local Government representatives following the meeting on 28 January 2021

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Meeting: 28/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous sessions.

6.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education and the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services to follow-up on some of the issues raised during the sessions.

 


Meeting: 28/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

COVID-19: Evidence session with representatives from Local Government

Cllr Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire County Council and Education Spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association

Cllr Ellen Ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Deputy Education Spokesperson and Welsh Language for the Welsh Local Government Association

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council and Workforce Spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association

Cllr Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council and Health and Social Care Spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association

Sharon Davies, Head of Education for the Welsh Local Government Association

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from local government representatives on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.

3.2 Due to a lack of time, it was agreed that questions not reached would be sent to the witnesses for a written response.


Meeting: 28/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session with the Children's Commissioner for Wales

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Rachel Thomas, Head of Policy and Public Affairs – Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

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Minutes:

2.1  The Committee heard evidence from the Children Commissioner for Wales on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.


Meeting: 21/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the Committee meeting on 26 November 2020

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Meeting: 21/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID 19: Evidence session with the Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education

Huw Morris, Group Director Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning – Welsh Government

Steve Davies, Director Education Directorate – Welsh Government

 

 

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education.


Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on education with representatives from the trade unions

 

Eithne Hughes, Director - Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru

Laura Doel, Director – National Association of Headteachers Cymru (NAHT)

Rebecca Williams, Deputy General Secretary and Policy Officer - Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC)

Mary van den Heuvel, Wales Senior Policy Officer - National Education Union

Neil Butler, National Official Wales – NASUWT      

Rosie Lewis, Regional Organiser, Cymru Wales schools lead - UNISON

Nicola Savage, GMB Regional Organiser Wales and South West Region

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from representatives of the trade unions.


Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding an Audit Wales Report on Providing Free School Meals During Lockdown

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Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education following the Committee meeting on 26 November 2020

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Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language following the Committee meeting on 26 November 2020

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Meeting: 10/12/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

Committee correspondence - for consideration and agreement

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Minutes:

2.1 Subject to minor amendments, the Committee agreed the correspondence.


Meeting: 03/12/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Additional information from University and College Union (UCU) following the meeting on 19 November

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Meeting: 03/12/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID-19 - consideration of approach to engaging with university students

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Minutes:

7.1 The Committee agreed the approach


Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people’s mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Interim Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at Swansea Bay University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people’s mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Covid-19 - Evidence session with the Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language

Steve Davies, Director, Education Directorate

Huw Morris, Group Director, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

Tracey Breheny, Deputy Director of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Vulnerable Groups

 

 

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Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language.

4.2 The Minister for Education agreed to provide additional information on the capacity and plans in place for the testing of university students before returning home for the Christmas period for each Welsh institution.


Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to the Minister for Health and Social Services regarding Winter Planning: Therapy Support for Children and Families

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people’s mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people's mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Welsh Government regarding the support for the mental health and well-being of learners

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education regarding the impact of Covid-19 on remote teaching and learning

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID 19 - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous session.

7.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Welsh Government to outline its views.


Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Powys Teaching Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people's mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Minister for Education regarding the appointment of the Chair for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Minister for Education regarding the impact of Covid-19 on remote teaching and learning

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people's mental health

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Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board regarding COVID-19 and children and young people's mental health

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Meeting: 19/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

Additional information from the Children's Commissioner for Wales following the meeting of 5 November regarding COVID-19 and children and young people's mental health


Meeting: 19/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

Evidence session on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education and staff & student well-being with representatives from the Higher Education sector

Joe Atkinson, Press and Public Affairs Consultant – NUS Wales

Becky Ricketts, President - NUS Wales

Jamie Insole, Wales Policy Officer – University and College Union (UCU)

Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor – WONKHE

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from NUS Wales, University and College Union (UCU) and WONKHE.

2.2 NUS Wales agreed to provide further information on the use of the additional funding provided to Welsh institutions by the Welsh Government and its impact.

2.3 UCU agreed to provide information on recruitment levels across Welsh institutions, and research cited in evidence about the impact the pandemic is having on HE staff across genders.

 


Meeting: 19/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

Impact of COVID 19 on higher education and staff & student well-being with representatives from the Higher Education sector - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 19/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to all NHS Wales health board Chief Executives regarding COVID-19 and children and young people’s mental health


Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on remote teaching and learning, and exams & assessments with Louise Casella

Louise Casella, Chair of the independent review of the summer 2020 arrangements to award grades, and considerations for summer 2021

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Louise Casella.


Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

Impact of COVID 19 on remote teaching and learning, and exams & assessments - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous sessions.

7.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education about the impact of Covid-19 on remote teaching and learning.

7.3 The Committee also agreed to write to both the Minister for Education and the Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language about support for the mental health and well-being of learners.


Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on remote teaching and learning, and exams & assessments with representatives from the education sector

Guy Lacey, CEO/Principal at Coleg Gwent and Vice Chair of ColegauCymru

Kay Martin, Principal at Cardiff and Vale College and Chair of the ColegauCymru Curriculum and Quality Group

Meinir Ebbsworth, Chief Education Officer / Corporate Lead Officer, Schools and Culture, Ceredigion Council and representing Association of Directors of Education

Mike Tate,  Assistant Director of Education and Lifelong Learning - Cardiff Council and representing Association of Directors of Education

Cllr Ian Roberts, Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Education -  Flintshire County Council and Education Spokesperson for Welsh Local Government Association

Arwyn Thomas, Managing Director – GwE Education Consortia and representing all the Regional Education Consortia 

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from the WLGA, ADEW, ColegauCymru and the Regional Education Consortia.


Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee relating to the fire break and its impact on children and young people


Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

Evidence session on the impact of Covid-19 on remote teaching and learning, and exams and assessments with Qualifications Wales and WJEC

David Jones, Chair – Qualifications Wales

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive - Qualifications Wales

Jo Richards, Regulation Director - Qualifications Wales

Ian Morgan, Chief Executive – WJEC

Elaine Carlile, Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer – WJEC

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from Qualifications Wales and the WJEC.


Meeting: 05/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to Welsh Government Ministers relating to the fire break and its impact on children and young people

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Meeting: 05/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session with the Children's Commissioner for Wales

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Rachel Thomas, Head of Policy and Public Affairs – Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.


Meeting: 05/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to all Committee Chairs regarding scrutiny of COVID-19 regulations

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Meeting: 05/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Joint letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding concerns about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on perinatal mental health, and parent-infant relationships in Wales

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Meeting: 21/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from Bangor University to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the University of South Wales to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Wrexham Glyndwr University to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Cardiff and Vale College to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Aberystwyth University to Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee highlighting concerns raised in its inquiry into COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Cardiff Metropolitan University to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 15/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from Cardiff University to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 08/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to all Welsh University Vice Chancellors regarding arrangements to support students in light of COVID-19

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Meeting: 08/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the report on remote teaching and Covid-19 undertaken by Professor Sofya Lyakhova

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education following the meeting on 18 August regarding the awarding of 2020 examination results

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the meeting on 18 August regarding the awarding of 2020 examination results

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Petitions Committee to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding Petition P-05-972 to provide a minimum of 4 hours a day of live teaching during COVID closures for all school children

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from Universities Wales to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the Committee's work on COVID 19

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the Committee meeting on 7 July regarding the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people, including students in further and higher education

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education following the meeting on 7 July regarding the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people, including students in further and higher education

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to Healthcare Inspectorate Wales regarding Covid-19: CAMHS in-patient units

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Additional information from UNISON following the Committee meeting on 23 June

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Report commissioned by the Children, Young People and Education Committee under Senedd Research's COVID-19 Expert Register regarding Remote Teaching and Covid-19 Approaches to School Education, Sofya Lyakhova, Swansea University

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee updating the Committee on action points following the Committee meeting on 7 July

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from Children's Commissioner for Wales to the Minister for Education regarding summer examinations

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Welsh Government to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the meeting on 9 June regarding the provision of services to support the physical and mental health of children and young people given the impacts of COVID-19

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Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Additional information from NUS Cymru following the Committee meeting on 23 June

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Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Llywydd - Request for the CYPE Committee to meet during a non-sitting week

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Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee regarding a Petition to award teacher predicted grades to all Welsh students for examination 2020

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Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 11)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.

11.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education, copying the WJEC and Qualifications Wales, to outline its initial views and to request additional information in writing.


Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on young people's examinations results 2020 - Welsh Government

David Jones, Chair – Qualifications Wales

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive – Qualifications Wales

Jo Richards, Regulation Director - Qualifications Wales

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from Qualifications Wales


Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on young people's examinations results 2020 - Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education

Georgina Haarhoff, Deputy Director Curriculum – Welsh Government

Sinead Gallagher, Deputy Director of Higher Education – Welsh Government

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Minutes:

8.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education.

8.2. The Minister for Education agreed to provide a timeline of key events arising after the cancellation of examinations.


Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 18/08/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on young people's examinations results 2020 - WJEC

Ian Morgan, Chief Executive – WJEC

Elaine Carlile, Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer – WJEC

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the WJEC.


Meeting: 20/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales regarding COVID19 CAMHS In-patient units

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Meeting: 20/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Minister for Health and Social Services - additional information following the meeting on 5 May

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Meeting: 14/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Welsh Government - Impact of Covid-19 on the physical and mental health of children and young people

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Meeting: 14/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Chair of Health, Social Care and Sport Committee to the First Minister regarding childcare for key workers over the summer break

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Meeting: 14/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Children's Commissioner for Wales to all teaching unions in Wales regarding the role of the unions and the re-opening of schools in the autumn term

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Meeting: 14/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Children's Commissioner for Wales to the First Minister regarding children and measures to ease restrictions due to Covid-19

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Meeting: 14/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Children's Commissioner for Wales to the Minister for Education regarding the expectations of schools' provision in the autumn term

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Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19 - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session with the Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education

Steve Davies, Director, Education Directorate

Huw Morris, Group Director, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

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Minutes:

2.1 Members questioned the Minister for Education about COVID-19 and its impact on children and young people.

2.2 The Minister and officials agreed to share with the Committee:

 -a review of blended learning carried out by  the regional education consortia and details of actions taken as a result of it; and

-a paper published jointly with Estyn and the regional education consortia giving more detail on advice to schools on blended learning.

2.3 It was agreed that questions that were unasked would be sent to the Minister for a written response.

 


Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 Letter from the Chair to the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales regarding the impact of Covid-19 on CAMHS in-patient units

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Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 Letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services - response to the Committee's letter of 27 May requesting further information on the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable children

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Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

7 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with Race Council Cymru representatives

Angel Ezeadum, Welsh Youth Parliament Member

Ali Abdi, Lead Coordinator for National BAME Youth Forum

 

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Minutes:

7.1 The Committee heard evidence from Race Council Cymru representatives on the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people from the BAME community.


Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 Additional information from the Royal College of Nursing following the Committee meeting on 9 June

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Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 10)

COVID-19 - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the session with representatives from Race Council Cymru.


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.

 


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services - response to the Committee's letter of 12 May requesting further information on the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people

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Minutes:

9.1 The papers were noted.


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 11)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education: staff and student voices

Joe Atkinson, Press and Public Affairs Consultant – NUS Wales

Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor - WONKHE

Dr Myfanwy Davies, Council Governor appointed by Academic Staff - Bangor University

Dan Beard, UNISON Higher Education executive member and chair of UNISON Cymru Wales

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Minutes:

8.1 The Committee heard evidence from NUS Wales, WONKHE, Bangor University and UNISON Cymru Wales.

 


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education with further education representatives

Dr Rachel Bowen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs - ColegauCymru / CollegesWales

Dr Andrew Cornish, Principal and Chief Executive - Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive – Qualifications Wales

Denver Davies, Head of Monitoring and Compliance – Qualifications Wales

 

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Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion and Qualifications Wales.

 


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education with higher education representatives

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor - University of Wales Trinity Saint David and of the University of Wales

Kieron Rees, Head of External Affairs and Policy - Universities Wales

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor - Aberystwyth University

Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor – Swansea University

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive - HEFCW

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and of the University of Wales, Universities Wales, Aberystwyth University, Swansea University and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. 

 


Meeting: 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Additional information from the All Wales Heads of Children's Services following the meeting on the 18 May

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Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Letter from the Minister for Education - response to the Committee's letter of 12 May requesting further information on the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people

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Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services - request for further information following the Committee's evidence sessions on 18 May on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable children

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Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Additional information from NSPCC Cymru following the Committee meeting on 18 May

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Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of children and young people with psychiatry and psychology representatives

Dr Kristy Fenton, Consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist at Hywel Dda University Health Board and Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales' Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr Liz Gregory, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and representing Applied Psychologists in Health National Specialist Advisory Group

Dr Bethan Phillips, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Co-Chair of Division Clinical Psychology in Wales

 

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Minutes:

8.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Applied Psychologists in Health National Specialist Advisory Group and the British Psychological Society.


Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of children and young people - with nursing, paediatric and general practitioner representatives

Dr David Tuthill, Officer for Wales - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

Lisa Turnbull, Policy & Public Affairs Adviser - Royal College of Nursing

Dr Mair Hopkin, Royal College of General Practitioners

 

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

 

2.2 The Royal College of Nursing agreed to provide a note on whether all families were receiving their schedule of visits as per the Healthy Child Wales programme.

 


Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of children and young people with third sector representatives

Simon Jones, Head of Policy & Influencing – Mind Cymru

Kate Heneghan, Head in Wales - Papyrus

Sarah Stone, Executive Director for Wales – Samaritans Cymru

Stephanie Hoffman, Head of Social Action – Meic Cymru

 

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Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from Mind Cymru, Papyrus, Samaritans Cymru and Meic Cymru.


Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 11)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 09/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.


Meeting: 18/05/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable children with representatives of the third sector and frontline staff

Allison Hulme, National Director - BASW Cymru.

Sarah Crawley, Director – Barnardos Cymru

Vivienne Laing, Policy and Public Affairs Manager – NSPCC Cymru

Louise Israel, Childline Senior Supervisor – NSPCC Cymru

 

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Minutes:

2.1        The Committee heard evidence from NSPCC Cymru, Barnardos and Childline.

2.2        NSPCC Cymru agreed to provide further details about trends in contacts with its helpline.

 


Meeting: 18/05/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

8.1        The Committee considered the evidence heard during the previous session.

8.2        Members agreed to write to the Welsh Government to request:

 

-       sight of the data submitted from children’s services to the Welsh Government on a weekly basis; and

-       further details on the steps it is taking to ensure that children who may not be known to services but are vulnerable/could become vulnerable are provided with information on how to access support.

 


Meeting: 18/05/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

4.1        Members considered the evidence heard during the previous session.


Meeting: 18/05/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable children with Heads of Children's Services and the National Independent Safeguarding Board

 

Marian Parry Hughes, Head of the All Wales Heads of Children’s Services

Sally Jenkins, Head of Children and Family Services – Newport City Council  

Craig McLeod, Senior Manager Children and Workforce – Flintshire County Council

Jan Coles, Head of Children's Services - Powys County Council

Jane Randell, Chair – National Independent Safeguarding Board

 

 

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Minutes:

5.1        The Committee heard evidence from Heads of Children's Services and the National Independent Safeguarding Board.

5.2        The Heads of Children’s Services agreed to provide more information on the contact that local authorities are routinely having with children and young people within their areas.


Meeting: 18/05/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Welsh Government - request for further detail following the COVID-19 evidence sessions

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