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“Welsh Labour Government just paying lip service to Children’s Commissioner’s reports” - Aled Roberts

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Children, has criticised the Welsh Labour Government for failing to tackle the significant issues that are repeatedly highlighted in the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Reports.

The latest report by theChildren's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, was published earlier this month and is due to be debated in the National Assembly today.

Aled Roberts AM is also calling on the Welsh Government to start showing strong leadership in ensuring that the views of children in Wales are heard and that the gap between policy and implementation is eliminated.

Examples of issues repeated year after year in the Annual Reports include:

Calls for an independently-chaired national safeguarding board for children whereas the Social Services Bill provides for the amalgamation of safeguarding of children and adults

Concerns raised about Children's Rights being diluted by being amalgamated in the Social Services Bill

Calls for the Welsh Government to publish guidance in securing the provision of universal parental support services

This year's report states that "there is still no evidence on a review (into the National Services Framework) having been undertaken and there is still no clarity on the current or future status of the NSF".

Commenting, Aled Roberts AM said:

"For many years the Commissioner has been telling us where the problems are in the delivery of services to children and young people in Wales, yet the fact that so many of his recommendations have to be repeated year after year is simply unacceptable. At times it would appear that he simply has to cut, copy and paste what he has previously said.

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