Children's Commissioner for Wales search begins

Keith Towler Keith Towler's seven-year term in the role comes to an end in early 2015

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The search has begun for the next champion of children's rights in Wales.

In 2001, Wales was the first UK nation to establish a children's commissioner and the seven-year post has been held by the late Peter Clarke and then Keith Towler, whose term ends next year.

The role has a salary of up to £95,000 and applications close on 19 May.

It comes as an independent review is carried out into the future role and functions of the commissioner.

'Led the way'

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We are looking for someone who want to make a real difference to children and young people's lives in Wales and ensue they are listened to on issues that affect them.”

End Quote Jeff Cuthbert Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty

The inquiry was set up following calls from the current commissioner Mr Towler to reflect on the developments and changes in Wales since his office was set up 13 years ago.

Under the current legislation, Mr Towler, who was appointed after the first Welsh children's champion Peter Clarke died in 2007, is unable to reapply.

Adverts say 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.

Jeff Cuthbert, the minister for communities and tackling poverty, 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 to 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 want to make a real difference to children and young people's lives in Wales and ensue they are listened to on issues that affect them."

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