About Us

The Children's Commissioner for Wales taking part in a workshop with primary school childrenWho is the Children’s Commissioner for Wales?

Sally Holland has been the Children’s Commissioner for Wales since April 2015.

Her job is to tell people why children’s rights are so important, and to look at how the decisions made by public bodies in Wales, including Welsh Government, affect children’s rights.

She has a team of people who work with her to make this happen.

If you’d like to learn more about her, you can read more about her background on this page.

You can see this page in BSL

What does the Children’s Commissioner for Wales do?

  • Supports children and young people to find out about their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
  • Listens to children and young people to find out what’s important to them
  • Advises children, young people and those who care for them if they think they’ve been treated unfairly
  • Influences government and other organisations who say they’re going to make a difference to children’s lives, making sure they keep their promises to children and young people
  • Speaks up for children and young people in Wales on important issues

The Children’s Commissioner works for every child in Wales who is:

  • Up to the age of 18
  • Up to the age of 21 if they’ve been in care
  • Up the age of 25 if they’ve been in care and are still in education

What are the Children’s Commissioner’s powers?

This document explains our powers, and how we’ve used them to promote positive change for children and young people since we were established in 2001.

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