Jo Williams, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and Jim Harding, director of the NSPCC, ...
Jo Williams, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and Jim Harding, director of the NSPCC, have welcomed the news that the government is to embrace the idea of a children's commissioner for Wales. (see also LGCnet 29 June, 'HARD LESSONS LEARNED, GOVT RESPONSE TO WATERHOUSE INQUIRY').
In a letter to The Times (p23), they write: 'This is a welcome first step and sets a clear precedent. Children in all parts of the UK would benefit from having a champion to speak up for them and a watchdog to protect them.
'We need such offices to force the pace of change on child protection and welfare policy, law and services, and to hold us all to account. We hope this government will announce its intention to establish powerful children's commissioners in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as in Wales.
'We can think of no good argument for not doing so - child abuse knows no boundaries. These offices must have clout and they must be for all children, including vulnerable groups like children in care.
'We understand the pressures on government and parliamentary time. But both the NSPCC and ADSS would hope that legislation can be brough forward at the earliest opportunity so that all the children in the UK can benefit from the attention, priority and concern that a children's commissioner would bring them.'