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

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is exploring how the outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people in Wales.

 

Terms of Reference

To consider the impact of the outbreak and how it is being managed on children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, their education and their social care. How the Welsh Government and its associated public bodies are dealing with the situation and its impact on relevant sectors and professions will also be considered.

 

Blog

Senedd Research has produced a number of blogs with more information on this topic.

 

Evidence gathering

The Committee has held a number of evidence sessions to inform its work, details of which can be viewed in the table below. The Committee is also consulting on this topic. A child-friendly version of this call for views is available.

 

Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1.    Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education

Steve Davies, Director, Education Directorate

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

 

Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health

19 March 2020

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2.   Welsh Government

Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education

 

Steve Davies, Director, Education Directorate

 

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

28 April 2020

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3.   Welsh Government

Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services 

Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services

Albert Heaney, Deputy Director General, Health and Social Services Group

Nicola Edwards, Deputy Director, Childcare, Play and Early Years

Jean White, Chief Nursing
Officer

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

5 May 2020

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4.   Third sector representatives

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

18 May 2020

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5.   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

 

18 May 2020

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Written evidence from the Welsh Government

 

Following the Committee meeting on 19 March the Minister for Education wrote with additional information on the referral process for children and young people with ALN and assessing the AAT qualification.

 

Keeping in touch

If you'd like to know more about the work of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, please view the Committee’s homepage, follow on Twitter, or contact the team that supports the Committee at SeneddCYPE@senedd.wales

 

In addition to the written submissions and oral evidence sessions with stakeholders and the Welsh Government, the following additional information was sent / received:

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 30/04/2020

Decision due: Meeting Date by Children, Young People and Education Committee

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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