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Friday, September 17, 1999 Published at 06:06 GMT 07:06 UK

UK: Wales

Calls for 'child power' in Assembly

Conference on the involvement of children in Assembly business

A Welsh charity is calling for children as young as three to be consulted on policy issues.

Children tell BBC Wales's Gail Foley what they would do if they ruled Wales
Children in Wales is due to hold a conference on Modern Childhood so that members of the National Assembly will know what youngsters really want when they appoint a Children's Commissioner in the New Year.

Proposals include asking children "What would you do if you were in charge of Wales?"

[ image: Chief executive of Children in Wales Catriona Williams]
Chief executive of Children in Wales Catriona Williams
The conference will hear calls for very young children to be involved in decision making at the Assembly and beyond.

Catriona Williams, chief executive of children in Wales, said: "Children who are three, four or five do have views about things like their parents splitting-up.

"And the courts actually recognise that this is the case."

But "child power" has been criticised by some who believe it erodes the authority of parents.

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