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Debate on the children's commissioner report

The annual report of the Children's Commissioner was welcomed by AMs in the chamber on 20 November 2012.

Deputy Minister for Children Gwenda Thomas congratulated Keith Towler on his accomplishments which are outlined in the report.

According to the report, key events during the office's year include the launch of the previous year's report, the release of the 'Lost After Care' report into issues affecting children in care and those leaving care and the commissioner's address at the General Teaching Council for Wales' lecture.

Mrs Thomas expressed her pride that Wales is the first government in the world to legislate on play opportunities for children as she stressed the importance of offering children a safe place to play.

Contributing to the debate Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood called for a review of whistle blowing legislation to protect the lives and livelihood of those who have important information to share.

She made the comment in light of the recent child abuse allegations in north Wales and in relation to Jimmy Saville.

North Wales AM Aled Roberts called on the Welsh government to review governance arrangements for the Children's Commissioner for Wales as he argued that the commissioner should be accountable to the assembly rather than solely to the first minister.

Conservative AM Mohammad Asghar acknowledged the concerns raised with the commissioner that some young people in Wales have no access to good quality youth services as he called for those services to be better valued.

The motion as amended was agreed.

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