The Children, Young People and Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into Children and Young People on the Margins, which in summary relates to missing children and those vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

This inquiry follows on from the Committee’s report into radical change for care experienced children. From the evidence received, children are estimated to make up almost 40% of children who go missing in Wales. Also, it has been reported that specific groups thought to be at risk of being ‘criminalised’ include care experienced children, unaccompanied asylum seeker-children and young people educated otherwise than at school, black and minority ethnic children and young people.

This inquiry will focus primarily on:
• Missing children.
• Children and young people who are victims of criminal exploitation.

We will also focus on identifying other groups of children identified as being “on the margins,” as a potential focus of future scrutiny sessions. These would be groups of children in circumstances that require a very specific response from children’s services or other statutory providers and for which there are concerns about the current policy or practice response.

For more information on the inquiry and to see the full terms of reference, please visit the inquiry webpage.

How to share your views
The Committee has launched a consultation, further information on how to submit is available on the consultation page. The Closing date is Thursday 28 March.