Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ accomplishments for children’s rights
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland gathered the views of 44,000 children and young people across Wales during 2020-2021. This is one of the accomplishments published in her final Annual Report as Children’s Commissioner.
Other accomplishments to promote and protect children’s rights in Wales include:
- Engaging with at least 694 children and young people across Wales at online events, workshops and meetings
- Influencing a range of measures, such as children’s return to school
- Gathering the views of 167 head teachers and college principals in one week on digital inclusion
- Hosting online children’s rights lessons for 864 children and young people
- Hosting training sessions on children’s rights for over 800 participants
- Creating and hosting an information hub with accurate, current and accessible information about the pandemic.
The annual report for 2020-2021 also contains 18 recommendations on key areas affecting children and young people in Wales for the Welsh Government to consider. This includes ensuring that teaching and support staff receive national guidance about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The Commissioner also recommends the Welsh Government to work with stakeholders, schools and children and young people to ensure a whole-school approach to emotional and mental well-being.
The Welsh Government has to respond to each of these recommendations in writing by the end of November 2021. A debate will take place on 12 October 2021 to ask the Welsh Government about its views and actions on the recommendations.