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Children in Wales welcomes appointment of new Children’s Commissioner for Wales, 12/12/07 [W]

Children in Wales welcomes the appointment of Keith Towler as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is an independent advocate for children and young people, promoting and supporting their welfare.  Mr Towler was appointed as the new Children’s Commissioner following the sad and untimely death of Wales first Children’s Commissioner, Peter Clarke in January this year.   

Mr Towler is well known and respected within the children’s sector in Wales.  He is a current member of Children in Wales’ trustee board and has worked with us on a number of projects.  Children in Wales supports the comments made by Mr Towler about the importance of listening to children and young people especially the most vulnerable.  He said:

“I am here to take full account of the views of children and young people in Wales and to make sure that their voices are clearly heard.  It is especially important that we listen to the most vulnerable children and young people who need extra help and support to give them the best start in life.

I am looking forward to the challenges that the role will bring, but also the reward of ensuring that children and young people have a dedicated, passionate representative here in Wales. I am truly honoured to have been appointed Wales’ Children’s Commissioner.”

Keith Towler is due to take-up his position as Children’s Commissioner for Wales in March 2008.

Further information can be found on the Children’s Commissioner’s website, or on the Welsh Assembly Government’s press release.