Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
Assembly minister for health and social services Jane Hutt yesterday welcomed the appointment of Peter Clarke as ch...
Assembly minister for health and social services Jane Hutt yesterday welcomed the appointment of Peter Clarke as children's commissioner for Wales on his first day in post.
'It is very fitting that Peter Clarke takes up office as the UK's first children's commissioner on St David's Day. We have led the way by establishing this post and today marks an historic occasion for the children and young people of Wales.
'The principal aim of the commissioner will be to promote and safeguard the rights and welfare of children and young people in Wales. He will be an integral yet independent part of the assembly's strategy for listening to all children and young people in Wales and ensuring their voices are heard,' she said.
The commissioner has been initially established under the Care Standards Act 2000 and his initial functions relate to the services regulated under that Act. However, the children's commissioner for Wales Bill now before parliament aims to give him much wider powers.
He will have the power to review the effect on children in Wales of the exercise of functions by a very wide range of bodies, including the assembly itself and public bodies such as local authorities, health authorities and assembly sponsored public bodies. He will be able to examine cases of particular children and to assist them in taking forward cases involving this wide range of bodies.
The commissioner will also be able to review and monitor arrangements for complaints procedures, whistleblowing and advocacy, across a wide range of bodies in Wales providing services to children. These will include local education authorities, social services, NHS hospitals, GPs, schools, other education establishments and training organisations.
Jane Hutt said: 'Peter Clarke was appointed in a unique way with the involvement of young people from across Wales. I am very pleased to celebrate his coming into post today. This is an important and exciting step that has been taken by the assembly towards making a real and effective improvement in the lives of our children and young people.'
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.