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Who is the Children's Commissioner for Wales?


Keith Towler


The current Commissioner began his role on St. David's Day, 2008. The role itself was created in 2001 and was first held by the late Peter Clarke.


Children's rights organisations in Wales campaigned for a Commissioner for children for over 10 years. Politicians in the National Assembly for Wales were also keen on the idea. They wanted someone who would speak up for children and young people's rights and help to protect them.

In early 2000, Sir Ronald Waterhouse published his report ‘Lost in Care’ after a long inquiry into child abuse in children's homes in North Wales. He recommended that Wales had a Children's Commissioner to try and stop such things happening again. This speeded up the campaign and legislation was passed by the UK Government in Westminster to create the post and give it the powers needed.


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