New children’s commissioner for Wales is expert in adoption and child protection

Sally Holland, founder of the CASCADE children’s social care research centre, will take up the post in April

New Children's Commissioner, Professor Sally Holland (L) and Lesley Griffiths AM (R) Photo: Welsh Government

An expert in looked-after children, adoption and child protection has been appointed the new children’s commissioner for Wales.

Sally Holland, who is currently a professor at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, will take up the post in April.

Holland also founded the CASCADE children’s social care research centre. Launched in May 2014, it brings together children’s social care researchers to inform policy and practice that aims to improve outcomes for children and their families in Wales.

Lesley Griffiths, minister for communities and tackling poverty, said: “As a government, we want to ensure Wales is a place where children’s rights are a reality, and where their voices are heard loud and clear.

“I am confident that Professor Sally Holland’s range of experience in social work and children’s rights, and her proven commitment to empowering children and young people, will make her a strong ambassador on their behalf.”

The role of children’s commissioner is to act as an independent champion for children and young people. Holland will be taking over from Keith Towler, who is stepping down after seven years in post.

Professor Holland said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed the next children’s commissioner for Wales. I am proud of Wales’ history of promoting children’s and young people’s rights and I will work hard to ensure that this continues and strengthens.”

Emily Warren, director of The Fostering Network Wales, also welcomed the announcement: “Children and young people in care deserve the very best support and we are confident that Professor Sally Holland will be ambitious for them.”

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