Please see request below from Dr Mike Shooter regarding his review of the role of the Children’s Commissioner in Wales which has been forwarded by Children in Wales. Here is a link to Welsh Government website setting the context
“As you may know, I have been asked by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty to undertake a review to the role and functions of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Wales was the first UK country to have such a commissioner, with the office being established in 2001; mine is the first review of the office since its establishment. The current Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, has previously called for and has welcomed this review.
My review will focus on six key areas:
- the role and functions of a Children’s Commissioner for Wales;
- the impact that the role has had;
- the suitability and effectiveness of the underpinning legislation;
- accountability and governance;
- value for money; and
In December I will provide the Welsh Government with a report and recommendations across these six areas. To achieve this I will meet a range of people across Wales and beyond to listen to and seek to understand their views and perspectives on the Children’s Commissioner. I would like to hear from as many people as possible. With this in mind, I am issuing my ‘Call for Evidence’. This is intended to provide an opportunity to gather a range of in-depth information. Alongside the Call for Evidence, and as an alternative or supplementary option, we have also developed an online survey. The survey will consist mainly of yes/no questions with an option to expand on answers. Please feel free to use either – or both – engagement tools, as you see fit.
Children and young people are, of course, vital to the review. Two separate versions of the survey have also been specifically designed for different age groups (although it is of course open to children and young people to complete any of the other surveys). It would be great if you could encourage children and young people to feedback to us. If you work with children and young people you may wish to conduct your own workshop and to let us know how that goes. All documents are downloadable. I have also recently awarded a contract to deliver a large number of workshops for children and young people across Wales. Further details will appear shortly.
I would be grateful if you could circulate the Call for Evidence to your stakeholders. Please help ensure that voices are heard so I can make recommendations that build on and strengthen the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.
You can complete the Call for Evidence here.”