New children's commissioner starts work

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The new children's commissioner for Wales said she wanted to be "the voice" of all youngsters as she takes up her post on Monday.

Prof Sally Holland joined from Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences, having taught social work and childhood studies.

She also founded the CASCADE Children's Social Care Research Centre.

Prof Holland said she wanted to help "create a country which values children as citizens".

She added: "Some groups of children are hidden from view - children in care, children with disabilities, children with mental health issues just to name a few.

'Effective ambassador'

"I don't want them to fade from our vision. I don't want them to be passive citizens, but enabled to be active, demanding and contributing citizens too."

She announced plans for a consultation with children and young people from across Wales about how their lives could be improved.

Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths said Prof Holland's experience "should make her an effective ambassador" for children and young people.

Prof Holland, who will earn between £90,000 and £95,000 a year, replaces long-standing commissioner Keith Towler.

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