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The Children's Commisioner for Wales, Rocio Cifuentes looking straight at the camera smiling.

Commissioner’s Blog and Newsletters

Here you’ll find the blog and newsletters of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Rocio Cifuentes became the Children’s Commissioner in April 2022.

November Newsletter

Racism in Schools This week we published our new report, ‘Take it seriously’:children’s experiences of racism in secondary schools. This report examines the experiences of children and young people in Wales and shows that, sadly, very many children and young people experience racism and racist incidents within secondary school,

October Newsletter

Ysgol Maes y Dderwen This month Rocio and two members of the team visited Ysgol Maes y Dderwen’s Equality and Inclusion Group to hear the voices of young people about equality issues facing them in their daily life. They discussed the challenges of living in a rural area, and

A secure place to call home

Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out that all children have a right to an adequate standard of living. Welsh Government have recently consulted on how to secure a path towards adequate housing. But, what does the phrase ‘adequate’ mean

September Newsletter

Commissioner gives evidence to the Equality and Social Justice Committee The Commissioner gave evidence to the Equality and Social Justice committee on their focused inquiry on Welsh Government’s draft child poverty strategy. A key message from the Commissioner is that Welsh Government must comprehensively revise their draft strategy. It

August Newsletter

Commissioner’s response to HIW announcement on Hillview Mental Health Hospital This month Rocio responded to the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) announcement on Hillview Hospital has had its registration suspended.  The full statement is available on our website. National Play day On the 2nd of August we celebrated National Play

July Newsletter

Commissioner responds to free school meals announcement This month Rocio responded to the Welsh Government’s announcement  that they will be reducing out-of-term free school meal provision and the schools essentials grant. In her response the Children’s Commissioner reflected that children and young people told us in our Ambitions for

June Newsletter

Launching our Three Year Strategy Last month we published our new three-year-strategy, outlining what we’ll do over the next three years to protect and promote children’s rights in Wales. The strategy sets out our vision, our mission and our purpose to help make life better for children and young

May Newsletter

Ysgol y Dderwen May has been a month full of fantastic school visits by Rocio and members of our Participation Team. It has been great to see how different schools incorporate rights learning both in their classrooms and their outdoor areas. A visit to Ysgol y Dderwen in Carmarthen

April Newsletter

Community Ambassadors At the end of March, Rocio was really pleased to host her first North Wales Community Ambassadors event. The event brought groups together from across North Wales to meet the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, to learn more about children’s rights and share their thoughts and feelings about

March Newsletter

A No Wrong Door to Neurodiversity: a book of experiences This month saw the culmination of work we’ve been doing with children and their families who are looking for help and support with neurodevelopmental conditions and undiagnosed neurodivergence. Included in our book are experiences of children and their families,