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The Children’s Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Plenary, Assembly Members will debate the Children Commissioner for Wales’ most recent Annual Report (2016-17).

This debate gives AMs an opportunity to discuss what the Commissioner has set out as the latest issues and challenges affecting children and young people in Wales. They will also hear how the newly appointed Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, responds. The Welsh Government’s written response is due to be published following the debate. Last month, the Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee heard directly from the Commissioner about the issues she raises in her report. You can see what was discussed on Senedd TV here.

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ALN Bill financial resolution put forward for second time

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On Tuesday 3 October 2017, the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies AM, will look to move a motion to agree the financial resolution for the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill. This is the second time that the financial resolution has been on the agenda for Plenary, as it was first scheduled for debate on 6 June 2017.

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Measles – an update

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Between November 2012 and July 2013 Wales experienced its largest measles outbreak since the introduction of the MMR vaccine. Measles has been in the news again in recent weeks, partly due to an outbreak of the infection in the Newport and Torfaen areas. There have also been a number of outbreaks across Europe this year. In its Global Measles and Rubella Strategic Plan 2012-2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) set a goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2020. This will require increasing the uptake of measles vaccinations worldwide, including in Wales and the UK.

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Update on the Additional Learning Needs Bill

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This article provides an update on the current position regarding the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill. We last blogged on this subject ahead of the Bill’s Stage 1 (general principles) debate in Plenary in June 2017.

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Physical (in)activity – is it time to get Welsh children moving?

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Many of us are aware of the importance of exercise and encouraging our children to be more active too. But what exactly are the potential benefits of physical activity in childhood? How much are children exercising in Wales today, and how much should they be physically active to stay healthy?

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Giving due regard? How serious is the Welsh Government taking its responsibilities under the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

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Children and young people up to the age of 18 have a range of rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including rights to protection, health, family, education, culture and leisure (see summary of articles (PDF 73.8KB)).

The Convention guides what governments, public authorities and adults must do to enable children to enjoy all their rights. The UK ratified the Convention in 1991 and the National Assembly for Wales unanimously adopted the Convention as the basis of policy making for children in January 2004.

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