We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge
the Welsh Government to review and strengthen child protection
criteria and consider establishing a regulatory body for Wales.
This should aim to ensure that those who have charge of children,
whether thats in schools, youth clubs, charities where children are
the main focus, or people coming into contact or being invited in
as patrons, governors, ambassadors, public servants or anybody
appointed by childrens charities are assessed as to their
suitability to work with and around children.
Additional information: As it stands, local and county councillors and people appointed as ambassadors or Chairs of childrens charities do not undergo DBS checks. Most of these people get open door access to children because of their position. In the light of the Jimmy Saville affair and the Ian Watkins affair, will the Welsh Assembly now recognise that we can no longer blindly accept people on the basis of their celebrity or social position and allow them access to children.
Petition raised by: Montessori Centre Wales
Date Petition first considered by Committee: 13 May 2014
Number of signatures: 40
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 07/05/2014