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Sally’s Blog

Here you’ll find the blog of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland.

Universal Children’s Day 2018

Human rights guarantee humanity’s basic freedoms and needs. As the most vulnerable in our society, children are given additional rights, and it is our duty as a society to protect and promote them. These rights are entitlements; they are not optional.

Giving young carers the recognition they deserve

Last Saturday I attended Cardiff Young Carers’ barbecue in Butetown Youth Pavillion. There was an amazing showcase event to start, with talented young people singing solos and in groups. In between songs there were some personal stories that were so moving that when it was my turn to speak

Curriculum Reform: Listening to the experts

  As Children’s Commissioner for Wales my role is to help drive positive and long-lasting changes for children and young people in Wales. Listening to children and young people is an essential part of this work. Young people are the experts in their own lives and ensuring their important

2017 – The year of the bully

I apologise in advance for writing a sad end-of-year blog, but I’ve seen a lot of sadness and hurt this year, and I don’t want a repeat of that in 2018. 10 things I have learned this year: Children and young people are deeply affected by bullying and not

Lowri Morgan – My experiences of bullying

Lowri Morgan, a 17-year-old pupil at a secondary school in Wales, writes about her experiences of bullying in this guest post. For #AntiBullyingWeek, we’ve launched resources to help primary and secondary schools discuss bullying with their pupils. I was in year 7 when I first encountered bullying in what

Sam’s Story

This blog was sent to us by a pupil from Newport High School as part of our Sam's Story report. During #AntiBullyingWeek 2017, we launched a set of anti-bullying resources to use in Primary and Secondary schools.

An excellent launch day

This guest post was written by Josh Houston, a young person who attended the launch of our Sam’s Story report whilst on work experience with us. For #AntiBullyingWeek, we’ve launched resources for primary and secondary schools; these resources are closely related to our Sam’s Story report. Upon arrival at

Remembering Rhodri

So many of us in Wales have vivid memories and fond recollections of Rhodri Morgan, our former First Minister, who died suddenly on 17 May. Known universally by his first name alone, when my husband woke me to tell me that Rhodri had died, I didn’t need to ask