Concise Minutes - Children, Young People, and Education Committee

Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Thursday, 10 March 2022

Meeting time: 09.21 - 14.29
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:






Members of the Senedd:

Jayne Bryant MS (Chair)

James Evans MS

Laura Anne Jones MS

Ken Skates MS

Sioned Williams MS


Amanda Blakeman, Gwent Police

Kirsty Davies, Newport Youth Offending Service

Sharon Davies, Welsh Local Government Association

Jon Drake, South Wales Police

Cecile Gwilym, NSPCC Wales

Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Jane Houston, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Jamie Insole, University and College Union

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner

Claire Parmenter, Dyfed Powys Police

Maxine Thomas, ColegauCymru

Sue Walker, Merthyr Tydfil County Council

Stephen Wood, Gwynedd Mon Youth Justice Services

Emma Wools, South Wales Police

Committee Staff:

Naomi Stocks (Clerk)

Tom Lewis-White (Second Clerk)

Sarah Bartlett (Deputy Clerk)

Jennifer Cottle (Legal Adviser)

Katie Wyatt (Legal Adviser)

Michael Dauncey (Researcher)

Rosemary Hill (Researcher)

Dr Paul Worthington (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that she had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health but that the meeting would be broadcast live on

1.3 Apologies were received from Buffy Williams MS.



2       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - evidence session 2

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from criminal justice representatives.

2.2 DCC Claire Parmenter agreed to provide the Committee with statistics from other forces regarding reporting levels and case studies of positive relationships with school officers and young people.



3       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - evidence session 3

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from local government representatives.

3.2 The WLGA agreed to update the Committee on any discussions that has taken place with the Local Government Association in England regarding the Online Safety and Harms Bill.



4       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - evidence session 4

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from further education representatives.

4.2 UCU agreed to come back to the Committee with any evidence on the impact of incidents of sexual harassment and sexualised bullying have on maintaining discipline in college and whether it presents new challenges for teaching staff.



5       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - evidence session 5

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Children’s Commissioner and the NSPCC.



6       Papers to note

6.1 The papers were noted.





7       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

7.1 The Motion was agreed



8       Consideration of papers to note 1 - 22

8.1 The Committee considered the papers and summary note.



9       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - consideration of the evidence

9.1 The Committee considered the evidence it has heard in the previous sessions.



10    Priorities for the Children, Young People and Education Committee - update on Welsh Youth Parliament

10.1 The Committee received an oral update from representatives of the Welsh Youth Parliament Team.





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