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Children’s rights in Wales

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking a short inquiry on children’s rights in Wales to review the impact of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011. It will consider:

  • the extent to which the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011  has influenced the Welsh Government’s decision making, including its financial allocations and whether it has fulfilled the Convention’s ‘general measures’ of implementation;
  • evidence of whether the Measure has led to improved outcomes for children and young people;
  • whether the duties within the Measure have been embedded effectively across Welsh Government cabinet portfolios and policy;
  • the extent to which the Welsh Government has sought to ensure that its duties within the Measure are translated into the work of the public bodies it provides funding to, including local authorities and NHS bodies;
  • the extent to which the Welsh Government has implemented its duty to promote knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC amongst the public, including children and young people;
  • how the duty to have ‘due regard’ to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is being implemented in practice and whether Child Rights Impact Assessments are being used as a meaningful tool;
  • the effectiveness of the Children’s Right’s Scheme and the most recent Welsh Government compliance report, and the extent to which they evidence sufficient action on the part of Welsh Government to ensure full implementation of the Measure;
  • how effectively the Welsh Government responds on a strategic basis to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The consultation closed on 20 September 2019.

How can young people have their say in the inquiry?

As part of our inquiry, we developed a “meeting in a box” engagement activity. This is a resource pack to empower children and young people to share their views on children’s rights followed by a short survey in order to share what was learnt and feed into the wider inquiry.

We have produced a short video to explain a little more about the resource, how it has been used across Wales, and the other ways the Committee has engaged with children and young people in relation to its inquiry into children’s rights.

Providing Written Evidence

The Welsh Parliament has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Welsh Parliament’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Welsh Parliament’s proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Welsh Parliament’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.


Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Children, Young People and Education Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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