Children’s Commissioner for Wales questions adequacy of youth services

Youth services in Wales deserve to be valued and directed with strong strategic support at a national and local level.

That’s the call from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, as he publishes his annual report and accounts today.

The Commissioner believes that shrinking budgets and changes in the criteria of funding streams for children and young people’s services are in danger of pushing youth services across Wales to the bottom of priority lists.

Mr Towler said: “Too often I hear from young people and practitioners that youth services are undervalued and swamped by conflicting priorities. Youth services shouldn’t be seen as a soft target. I am committed to providing a clear focus on this issue for the remainder of my term as Commissioner.”

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