Youngsters being ‘left behind’, says children’s commissioner

The BBC is reporting that young children in Wales are being “left behind” and that Brexit uncertainty is making matters worse.

Prof Sally Holland believes those with mental health problems and in poverty are most at risk, while some being home-educated go “under the radar”. In her annual report she has called on the Welsh Government to publish a specific programme to help. A spokeswoman said it would study the report and “respond in due course”.

Prof Holland pointed to the Welsh Government’s pledge to give every child in Wales the best possible chance in its programme for government. 

But with the UK likely to start a two-year process of leaving the European Unionin March 2017, she is worried this could affect ongoing work.

“I’m concerned that the uncertainty surrounding the impact of Brexit on Wales will see a delay in us breaking down these barriers for some of our most disadvantaged children and young people,” she said.

 “A post-Brexit settlement for Wales must ensure that no groups of children are left behind.”

Her report also includes calls for laws to protect children from physical assault and more support for youngsters with additional learning needs and mental health issues. 

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