In 2011 the National Assembly of Wales unanimously voted in favour of the Rights of Children's and Young Persons (Wales) Measure, and in doing so became the first legislature in the UK to pass an explicit child rights law.
From 1 May 2012, the Rights Measure comes partly into force. Welsh Ministers are now under a duty to have "due regard" to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) when planning and developing new legislation or policy, or reviewing or changing existing legislation or policy. On 1 May 2014, this duty will extend to all the functions of Welsh Ministers.
The Rights Measure builds on the progressive approach to implementing the CRC in Wales. If effectively translated into practice, the new duty has the potential to transform the lives of children and young people living in Wales.
This briefing from UNICEF UK sets out the context for children's rights in Wales, and considers the implications of the new duty for Welsh Assembly Members.