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Search begins to find next Children’s Commissioner for Wales

The Welsh Government has begun the search for the next Children’s Commissioner for Wales, it was announced today 

In 2001 Wales was the first country in the UK to establish a Children's Commissioner who acts as an independent champion of children's rights. 

Adverts for the role say that the successful applicant must be able to work effectively with children and young people, to represent their interests at local, national and international levels with a range of organisations.  This post is for seven years, has a salary of £90,000 - £95,000 a year and is subject to an open competition. The closing date for applications is the 19th May.

Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty Jeff Cuthbert said:

"We can be proud that Wales led the way in 2001 when we become the first country in the UK to establish a Children's Commissioner, creating a truly independent voice for the needs and concerns of children.

"I would like thank the current Commissioner for his excellent work in the role. The time has now come to begin the process of appointing his successor. We are looking for someone who wants to make a real difference to children and young people's lives in Wales and ensure they are listened to on issues that affect them."

The term of the current Commissioner Keith Towler comes to an end in early 2015 and under the legislation he is unable to apply for the role again. In February this year the Welsh Government's announced plans for an independent review into the role and functions of the Children's Commissioner for Wales. It followed calls from Keith Towler for a review to reflect the developments and changes in Wales since his office was established.  

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