Young people have right to representative 'voice'

The Children's Commissioner for Wales has published the 'Missing Voices' report, pointing out that local authorities must provide an independent professional 'voice' for looked-after children and young people, care leavers and children in need - but that many young people aren't aware of the right.

It saddens me to say that some of Wales' most vulnerable children and young people don't know they're entitled to have an independent professional advocate to represent their views. I should not be hearing of episodes where children had been denied access to an advocate and that assumptions had been made they would not benefit from a professional advocate as they were too young.

– Keith Towler, The Children's Commissioner for Wales