Children Need A Voice Says Group

YOUNG people in Wales should have their own independent advocacy service as soon as possible, a cross-party group of Assembly Members has concluded.

The Children and Young People Committee is recommending the establishment of a centrally funded national advocacy unit.

Plaid Cymru AM Helen Mary Jones, who chairs the committee, said, “We often do not take the views of children and young people seriously enough, even if some of those young people over 16 are able to marry, join the armed forces and pay taxes. There is a responsibility on us as politicians to represent those without a voice and our children need to have the opportunity to voice their opinions and be listened to.

“Putting in place the best possible structures to enable independent advocacy will enable children to make themselves heard.”