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There are many unanswered questions says the Children's Commissioner

Following a meeting with the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, the Children's Commissioner Keith Towler said;

I am grateful for the First Minister's time. We had a constructive dialogue. I was encouraged by the First Minister's commitment to protect children and young people's welfare, his pledge to listen to evidence and his pledge to place the voice of victims at the heart of any inquiry or investigation,

At the meeting I set out how I intend to liaise with the Home Office to seek clarification of the terms of reference of the investigations announced today and to clarify what role, if any, my office will have.

It is important that these investigations maintain a Wales focus.

– Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler

Mr Towler went on to add that he would expect that the Welsh Government would also engage in these discussions with the UK Government.

Whilst we both acknowledge that there have been encouraging developments since the Waterhouse inquiry, I believe there are too many unanswered questions, including why some victims who gave evidence to the Waterhouse inquiry feel they weren't listened to at the time. We both feel committed to doing the right thing by the victims.

My independent advice and support service has been handling calls over the last 48 hours from those with concerns or seeking advice. Those wanting to make contact can do so by phoning 0808 801 1000 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

– Children's Commissioner, Keith Towler

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