ISHERWOOD: FLINTSHIRE IDENTITY CARD IS EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:30

 After attending the launch of the Barnardo’s Cymru and Flintshire County Council ‘Access to Action’ Card at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, last week, North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has called for a Statement from the Welsh Government on its intentions to deliver a national identity card for young carers, looked after children and care leavers. The Flintshire card, which was officially launched by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, is the first of its kind in Wales and will help the young people who have one to receive the recognition and prompt access to services they need. Speaking in this week’s Business Statement, Mr Isherwood, said: “The Minister will no doubt recall that the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’s 'Full of Care’ report from 2009 referred to the advantages that a young carer’s identity card could bring, and, last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the launch of Barnardo’s Cymru and Flintshire County Council’s access2action card at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. “As you know, young carers, looked-after children and care leavers sometimes find it difficult to explain the special circumstances in their lives to their schools, colleges, council services, general practitioners and other health services, and Barnardo’s and Flintshire County Council worked with children and young people to develop a card, which was officially launched by the Children’s Commissioner. It is the first in Wales to help these young people receive the recognition and prompt access to services that they need. However, the Children’s Commissioner told us that he hoped that other local authorities would pick this up and that he was working with the Welsh Government to deliver a national identity card on this basis. A statement from the Welsh Government on its intentions in this respect would be greatly appreciated.” The Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, replied: “He has informed the Assembly of that initiative by Flintshire County Council, responding to the Children’s Commissioner’s advice in enabling young carers to have their needs recognised and met via identity cards. I am sure that is something that the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services will be aware of, and we will want to reflect that in due course in a statement or an appropriate announcement.”

 

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