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Assembly law passed on children's rights

A Welsh law relating to special educational needs was passed on 3 November, 2009.

The Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills Jane Hutt AM led the debate on the proposed education measure.

The measure gives children across Wales the rights to make special educational needs appeals and claims of disability discrimination.

The Conservatives tabled several amendments including an amendment calling for a clear distinction between the requirements of the children and the requirements of the parents so that both parties would be treated independently; this amendment was rejected.

According to Ms Hutt this groundbreaking measure is the first of it's kind in the UK.

Ms Hutt added that the measure would ensure the needs of the most vulnerable children would be met and allow their voices to be heard.

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