The children's action plan, developed by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Syniad, was launched on Wednesday evening at a reception in Cardiff, with representatives from local government, the National Assembly for Wales and the main National Children's organisations.
The plan was developed in response to the Waterhouse Report into abuse of children in the care of Gwynedd and Clwyd. It demonstrates how much local authorities are already doing, as well as setting out new commitments, to ensure that the events which were the subject of the Waterhouse Inquiry can never happen again in Wales.
The Waterhouse Report into abuse of children in the care of Gwynedd and Clwyd was published on 15 February last year. The WLGA Co-ordinating Committee later that month agreed that the Association should draw up its own action plan in response to the Tribunal's findings to demonstrate the commitment of local government across Wales to take action to improve outcomes, services and safeguards for children.
All local authorities were consulted on the Childrens Action Plan and views were also sought on the final draft from around 100 organisations in Wales.
The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) was established on 1st April 1996, following the reorganisation of local government in Wales. The Welsh Local Government Association represents the interests of the local authorities in Wales. The three Combined Fire Authorities and three National Park Authorities are associate members.
Syniad is the Improvement, development and employers agency for local government in Wales.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH FAR-REACHING ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING CHILDRENS SOCIAL SERVICES IN WALES.