As Wales’ independent commissioners for Children and for Future Generations we have distinct roles but common interests. We want to enable public bodies to put children’s rights to be safe, healthy and to flourish here and now at the centre of their planning and delivery. We also want to ensure that they plan for the long-term – for the rest of the lives of children living in their communities now, and for future generations still unborn.

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A collaboration 
between the 
Future Generations 
Commissioner & 
the Childrens 
Commissioner 
for Wales

Pembrokeshire Children’s rights committee

Pembrokeshire Council established a ‘UN-style’ reporting process, with a representative body of children and young people playing the role of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The young people evaluated the local authority’s Estyn self-evaluation against the standards of the UNCRC. A public hearing was then organised with the Authority’s Director of Education, the Head of Performance and Community and the Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding. The young people asked questions of these senior managers and the elected member in front of an audience of 50 delegates. After the public hearing the young people met to finalise their report. They linked all of their Concluding Observations to the relevant articles of the UNCRC and came up with 30 recommendations for the local authority to deliver on. Their recommendations have been the catalyst for many changes within Education Services at the Local Authority since their report was issued.