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"We are determined to do what it takes to get to the truth" - First Minister

Statement by the First Minister Carwyn Jones following meeting with the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler
Tuesday 06 November 2012

Following a meeting with the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said:

"The meeting was very useful as it was important for me to meet with the Children’s Commissioner as soon as possible to hear his views on the very serious allegations that have come to light over the past few days. We are determined to do what it takes to get to the truth.

"Both of us fully recognised that the care of children and young people, and the voices of the victims of child abuse, must be central to the investigations underway.

"We also recognise progress has been made as a result of the recommendations in the Waterhouse inquiry, not least the creation of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

"During our talks Keith Towler confirmed that his office is actively dealing with a number of people who have contacted him since the weekend.

"The office of the Commissioner is wholly independent, and that is why I would again urge anyone who has any relevant information or concerns to come forward and contact Keith and his team.

"Keith Towler will now meet with representatives appointed by the UK Government to understand further their proposed course of action and explore what role his office could have in this process.

"I will be maintaining close contact with Keith over the coming days and weeks for us to agree the appropriate course of action."

 

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