Children's Commissioner for Wales


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Children's Commissioner for Wales

an officer originally established under the Care Standards Act 2000 and now consolidated with increased powers under the Children's Commissioner For Wales Act 2001. The principal functions are: the reviewing and monitoring of arrangements by service providers for dealing with complaints; ensuring that proper action is taken in response to information regarding possible unlawful or dangerous activities, or their concealment (‘whistleblowing’); and making persons available to represent children's views and providing them with advice and support (‘advocacy’). The Commissioner also has powers to provide advice and information, to examine cases without referral, to provide assistance including financial assistance, and representation, in respect of proceedings or disputes or in relation to the operation of procedures and arrangements monitored by the Commissioner and to report.
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