Vale Youth Councillor recruits new Children’s Commissioner for Wales


Published 13 February 2015


Niclas Want, a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Cabinet and pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, was recently involved in the recruitment and selection process of the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Professor Sally Donaldson.


Niclas Want elected to Youth CabinetNiclas, aged 15, was one of five young people from across Wales who took part in the confidential process of shortlisting and interviewing potential candidates for the new role.


He was also elected co-chair of the young person’s panel, and joined the adult panel that was made up of professionals and officials from the National Assembly for Wales.


Niclas and the adult panel agreed on the best candidate for the role and the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, announced the appointment of Professor Sally Holland as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales on Wednesday 28th January.


A representative from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales office who had arranged the young people’s interview panel was very impressed with Niclas’ contribution throughout the process and commended him on being “articulate, observant, and a great team player.”


Niclas said: “I’m very proud to have been involved in this process, and to have really contributed to something with such a high profile was a fantastic experience. It’s encouraging to know that if you’re willing to get involved in these sorts of things, there are some great opportunities available.”


Niclas will continue to represent young people from across the Vale in his role of Vale of Glamorgan Youth Councillor.

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