"Too Much Child Poverty In Wales"

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales says she’s determined to make a difference to young people.

Sally Holland, a former professor at Cardiff University, has officially started in her 7-year-role.

She met with children at St Thomas Community Primary School in Swansea to mark her first day.

Speaking about her long-term ambitions, she said she’s particularly concerned about the number of children living in poverty in Wales:

“Some groups of children are hidden from view – children in care, children with disabilities, children with mental health issues just to name a few.

“I don’t want them to fade from our vision. I don’t want them to be passive citizens, but enabled to be active, demanding and contributing citizens too.

“The challenge for us all is to create a country which values children as citizens right here and now.

“As Children’s Commissioner, my role is to be the voice of all children and young people in Wales, but to be an effective champion I want to know from them about what they feel I should be speaking out about, and where I should best be making use of my legal powers.

“I want them to help set my priorities and I want them to hold me to account on the things I promise to do with their ideas.”