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How Children’s Commissioner protects children’s rights in Wales


The Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ annual report provides an overview of the work done to protect and promote children’s rights in Wales during the last year.

The achievements range from engaging with 9857 children and young people, to training 700 children and young people to be rights ambassadors in their schools or communities, to undertaking the first ever education rights survey with 391 teacher responses and 6393 responses from children and young people.

In 2016 the Commissioner included ‘play and leisure’ as one of the six priorities in her three-year strategic plan. This is how the Commissioner and her team have supported children’s right to play during the last year:

  • Issued a joint statement with the other UK Children’s Commissioners to mark the 31st anniversary of national Playday on 1 August 2018
  • Provided a consultation response which influenced the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce, for the first time, a requirement in regulation that fostering services providers must ensure that foster parents support children who are placed with them to engage in play, leisure and other activities under Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Engaged with over 1300 children, young people and their families at Conwy’s 2018 Playday event – their views fed into the ‘Beth Nawr’ project.

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