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The government has tabled an amendment to the Care Standards Bill to establish an independent children's commission...
The government has tabled an amendment to the Care Standards Bill to establish an independent children's commissioner for Wales.

Wales office minister David Hanson said today: 'This is a very important development for Wales. The children's commissioner will cover children in all care services to be regulated by the Bill.

'The extended role of the commissioner, announced by the secretary of state Paul Murphy in April, goes as far as possible within the scope of the Bill to implement the children's commissioner recommendation and achieves the first recommendation of the Waterhouse Report on child abuse in North Wales.

'The establishment of a children's commissioner has all-party support in the national assembly for Wales, and I am pleased that, today, we have an example of the government and the national assembly working together to improve the lives of children in Wales.'

The following services will be covered by the commissioner:

- Children's homes

- Services for children in private and voluntary hospitals and clinics

- Voluntary adoption agencies

- Welfare inspections of boarding schools

- Local authority fostering and adoption services

- Day care provision for under-eights

- Domiciliary care for children

- Residential family centres

- Non-local authority fostering and adoption agencies

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