The Committee will next meet on 7 July 2020.
For the foreseeable future the Committee will focus its work on the impact of the current public health situation on children and young people, including students in further and higher education.
The Committee has issued an open call for views as part of this inquiry. There is no need for a lengthy response, and no fixed deadline to submit – we ask that you share what you can, when you are able to. A child-friendly version of this call for views is available.
On 28 April and 5 May the Committee heard from the Minister for Education, and the Minister for Health and Social Services along with the Deputy Minister about the Welsh Government’s response to the outbreak. A copy of the Committee’s letter to the Welsh Government has been published. On 4 June, the Minister for Education provided a response to the Committee’s request for further information on actions the Welsh Government have taken to date to manage the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people. The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has also written to address the issues which fall under her portfolio
The Committee held two evidence sessions with stakeholders on 18 May that focussed on the impact of COVID 19 on vulnerable children. The Committee has written to the Welsh Government in relation to these sessions.
As time progresses, the Committee will review its non Covid-related work, all of which has been paused for the time being. The Committee awaits further details of timescales for the Welsh Government’s legislative priorities.
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The Committee was established on 28 June 2016 to examine legislation and hold the Welsh Government to account by scrutinising its expenditure, administration and policy matters, encompassing (but not restricted to): the education, health and well-being of the children and young people of Wales, including their social care.
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Work Completed by the Children, Young People and Education Committee