Keith Towler was Wales' second Children's Commissioner, a role he left earlier this year. In an interview with ITV Wales he's spoken of his concerns for the future and calls on ministers to "buck their ideas up."
Wales made significant strides in Children's rights in the years since devolution. We were the first UK country to incorporate the United Nations convention on the right of the child into law. But Mr Towler is concerned the Welsh Government has taken it's eye off the ball. He's worried about the rise in child poverty, youth services being cut and the lack of a young person's Assembly.
Funky Dragon was the youth national Assembly, but funding cuts mean it's been axed. Mr Towler says that's wrong.
One of his biggest concerns is around the job itself. He's wants the name changed to Children and Young People's Commissioner and he also questions how independent the job is .
He stresses that in practice his independence was never questioned as commissioner but legally he's accountable to ministers, the same people who appointed him and his successor.
Mr Towler says for role to be truly independent that link must be cut and the commissioner accountable to the Assembly like any other Ombudsman.
The Welsh Government told ITV Wales it would be making a statement on the matter in the coming weeks.
In regard to the wider issues raised a Welsh Government spokesperson told us: