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Launch of Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ annual report

Vital services aimed at protecting vulnerable children and young people are in danger of being lost, due to the lack of vision and leadership from the Welsh Government, is the stark warning from the Children’s Commissioner as he publishes his annual report.

In his final annual report as Children’s Commissioner, Keith Towler raises concerns that the Welsh Government appears too comfortable with its status as an international children’s rights trailblazer, whilst it lacks a clear vision for children and young people and is failing to deliver on securing children’s rights.

The annual report and accounts covers other main areas of work undertaken by the Commissioner’s office over the last 12 months to champion and support children and young people across Wales. It also contains details of his independent advice and support service, which dealt with over 500 cases this year, with 33% in relation to social services and 28% in relation to education.