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Press statement: Rhodri Morgan, 18/05/17 [W]

We in Children in Wales would like to express our sadness at the death of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan and would like to express our appreciation of the work he did during his lifetime for the children and young people of Wales.

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive, said:

“As well as being a political leader who had a vision for Wales, Rhodri’s contribution to improving the lives of children and young people, especially those who were vulnerable or excluded, was unique.

He supported our representations for the integration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Welsh policies and legislation, as well as the campaign for the creation of the first Children’s Commissioner in the UK.

However and most importantly, he also reached out as a caring human being, especially to young people in and around the care system and they found him easy to talk to and knew him, as did many in Wales as ‘Rhodri’.  I recall how even as an MP before devolution, he helped us find an emergency safe house in his constituency in the middle of the night for two young people fleeing from a pursuing abuser when no other options were available until the next day. He cared and acted on his principles.

We continue to work very closely with Julie his wife as Chair of the Cross Party Group for Children in the Assembly and an extraordinary champion for children.  Our thoughts are very much with her and her family at this devastatingly sad time.”


Please contact Catriona Williams on 029 2034 2434 on at catriona.williams@childreninwales.org.uk.


  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales. Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales.


Chief Executive Catriona Williams OBE with Rhodri Morgan at the 10th Anniversary celebration for Tros Gynnal Plant