UNICEF UK welcomes the improved and strengthened Children's Rights Scheme 2014 approved by the National Assembly for Wales this week. We particularly commend the Welsh Government’s decision to publish Children's Rights Impact Assessments encouraging greater transparency and accountability of Government decision making in relation to children’s rights. UNICEF UK was involved throughout the revising process.
With the adoption of the revised scheme, Welsh Ministers will now be able to give due regard to children’s rights when exercising any of their functions. This "due regard duty", part of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011, is groundbreaking legislation whose drafting and implementation was supported by UNICEF UK from its inception.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child gives UNICEF a special role to support governments in the implementation of this widely-ratified UN human rights treaty. In this spirit UNICEF UK will continue to contribute to and support the Welsh Government in further strengthening and developing Children’s Rights Impact Assessment.