The UNCRC Monitoring Committee report shows that the United Kingdom has taken a step forward in improving its position on children’s rights.
Speaking during a plenary debate on the report, the Minister outlined some of the notable successes in Wales, including:
- The establishment of a Cabinet Committee for children and young people and the National Assembly’s scrutiny committee for Children and Young People.
- Across all local authorities, multi-agency work is underway on Children and Young People’s Plans, taking into account the views of children and young people.
- Development of a national framework for universal advocacy services.
- Funky Dragon, now six years old, is gaining a powerful voice in speaking out on behalf of children and young people.
- Supporting children and young people to participate in decision making on issues that affect their lives locally, including play, bullying and environmental issues.
- Developing and disseminating National Standards for Participation.
- A strategic approach to tackling poverty.
- Supporting children and young people to be involved in developing, implementing and evaluating policies.
Jane Hutt said:
A great deal of work has been undertaken across Assembly Government departments and this report shows a number of areas of good practice where Wales should be proud of its progress and achievements. However, we cannot afford to be complacent and we still have a long way to go.
We are working closely with national and local partners to develop a co-ordinated approach to driving forward implementation of the Convention over the next five years, and will finalise our action plans at a major conference in Cardiff next March. We intend to work with children and young people and with our partners to agree on the priority areas for action, and to identify the most effective ways of taking forward these actions.
Over the next five years, we are absolutely determined to make significant progress towards ensuring every child and young person in Wales knows about their rights and most importantly how to access them.
4 November 2008