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Transcript: Transcript for 05/11/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd

Items
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(09.15)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

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

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that she had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health but that the meeting would be broadcast live on www.senedd.tv

1.3 The Chair stated that if for any reason she dropped out of the meeting, the Committee agreed that Dawn Bowden MS would become Temporary Chair in accordance with Standing Order 17.22.

1.4 There were no apologies.

 

(09.15 - 10.00)

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

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

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

(10.10 - 11.10)

3.

Scrutiny of the Children's Commissioner for Wales Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

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

 

Children’s Commissioner for Wales Annual report 2019-2020

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee scrutinised the Children Commissioner for Wales on her Annual Report 2019 – 2020.

(11.10)

4.

Papers to note

Minutes:

4.1 The papers were noted.

4.1

Letter to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee from the Minister for Education regarding the Committee's inquiry into education otherwise than at school (EOTAS)

Supporting documents:

4.2

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

Supporting documents:

4.3

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

Supporting documents:

4.4

Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education regarding the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill: Stage 1 (questions not reached)

Supporting documents:

4.5

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

Supporting documents:

(11.10)

5.

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

Minutes:

5.1 The motion was agreed.

(11.10 - 11.20)

6.

Scrutiny of the Children's Commissioner for Wales Annual Report 2019 - 2020: consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard from the two previous sessions.

6.2 The Committee agreed to write to all Wales NHS health boards requesting clarification on the available information on their websites about the pathways for help and support for children and young people with their mental health, and information on how to self-refer if its needed.

6.3 The Committee agreed to write to the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services regarding gaps in residential care for children with the most complex needs.

6.4 The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Education regarding registration for teachers in independent schools.

 

 

(11.20 - 11.50)

7.

Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill: consideration of headline issues

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the headline issues for its Stage 1 report. A draft report will be discussed at the meetings on 19 and 26 November.

(11.50 - 12.00)

8.

Welsh Government Draft Budget 2021 - 2022: consideration of the Committee's letters to the Welsh Government

Minutes:

8.1 The Committee agreed the draft letters.

8.2 The Committee requested that it also writes to the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding school budgets within the local government settlement, and the Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language about funds for activities to support education, development and training opportunities for children and young people through medium of Welsh.