Com­mit­ted to child pro­tec­tion

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BARNARDO’S Cymru sup­ports the Chil­dren Are Un­beat­able Cam­paign for the equal pro­tec­tion of chil­dren against as­sault.

In Wales the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child be­came do­mes­tic law in 2011 so we have al­ready made a leg­isla­tive com­mit­ment to pro­tect and sup­port our chil­dren and young peo­ple’s rights as fully as pos­si­ble. Cre­at­ing a law to guar­an­tee equal pro­tec­tion is sim­ply com­plet­ing some­thing we, as a na­tion, have al­ready agreed is pos­i­tive and which will en­hance fam­ily life.

Barnardo’s Cymru work with more than 8,000 chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies across Wales. We be­lieve that par­ents want the best for their chil­dren, but par­ent­ing can be chal­leng­ing and stress­ful at times. Prac­ti­tion­ers work­ing with fam­i­lies in the statu­tory and vol­un­tary sec­tor pro­vide sup­port for fam­i­lies who need that lit­tle bit ex­tra to as­sist them in se­cur­ing pos­i­tive well-be­ing for the whole fam­ily. None of this will change by in­tro­duc­ing equal pro­tec­tion for chil­dren in Wales.

Equal pro­tec­tion has been in­tro­duced in 52 coun­tries across the world. It has not been un­com­mon for there to be wor­ries and con­cerns about the po­ten­tial neg­a­tive im­pact of in­tro­duc­ing such a law, in­clud­ing the po­ten­tial crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of many more par­ents, but the fears have proved to be un­founded.

In Wales Barnardo’s Cymru be­lieves we should learn from the myr­iad of ex­pe­ri­ences within these coun­tries and not be swayed in our com­mit­ment to pur­sue the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren and young peo­ple.

This will as­sist Wales in con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue bet­ter well-be­ing out­comes for all chil­dren and young peo­ple. Sarah Craw­ley Di­rec­tor, Barnardo’s Cymru

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