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COMMISSIONER GAINS POWER

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The proposed children's champion for Wales is set to win powers over education and other local services. ...
The proposed children's champion for Wales is set to win powers over education and other local services.

Welsh Office minister David Hanson has tabled an amendment to the Care Standards Bill to set up an independent children's commissioner for Wales, as called for by the Waterhouse report on the North Wales care homes scandal.

The proposals will give the new watchdog the authority to intervene in council fostering and adoption services, as well as childrenÕs homes and private adoption agencies.

But LGC has learnt that a separate Bill is likely to be introduced in the autumn extending the commissioner's power into areas including education and health services.

The Welsh Assembly has already called for greater powers for the commissioner. A Whitehall source said: 'As there's all-party support for this, there's increasing hope this will happen.'
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