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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
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The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
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Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Child Suicide Figures
The Assistant Children’s Commissioner for Wales has expressed concern regarding the variation in the statistics for suicides between England and Wales provided by ONS (copy of data at annex 1).
The Welsh Assembly takes the issue of child death seriously no matter how it occurs. The suicide of a child or young person is always tragic. Whilst we are very concerned about the variation in figures between Wales and England, with a consistently higher annual rate in Wales, it should be borne in mind that there are a number of issues that can affect the recording and interpretation of the data. This can, along with other matters, include recording practice by coroners between accidental death and suicide. We will look further into these figures to see if there are any common factors and consider what further investigation may be helpful.
In 2001 the Welsh Assembly Government launched a 10 year strategy for the delivery of services and development of guidance associated with children and young people’s mental health – “Everybody’s Business”. Much has been achieved since its launch in 2001. A review of progress is planned in the financial year 2006-07, which will identify clear benchmarks and map out future actions to achieve its 10 year vision.
In addition the Welsh Assembly has supported, developed or funded a number of services which can offer support to children, young people and their families/carers including:
• A Community Advice & Listening Line (CALL) mental health help-line. The Assembly Government is considering whether this can be extended to include advice for parents who are worried about their children.
• Guidance for schools, Local Education Authorities (LEAs) and other partners to promote the mental health and social well-being of pupils, including those in nursery settings which is being developed and due to issue in 2006.
• Specific CAMHS targets within the Service and Financial Framework (SaFF) have provided fresh impetus and include CAMHS teams providing consultation and advice to professionals in Tier 1 within 4 weeks and early referral for routine assessment and intervention
• Recurrent money totaling £1.2m has been made available for CAMHS from 2004-05 for the provision of beds for adolescents who require admission in emergencies, Forensic Adolescent Consultation Teams and Primary Mental Health Workers. In addition, £2.4m of non-recurrent Waiting Times money has been earmarked for CAMHS this year, subject to successful value for money bids.
• Funding has been provided to the University of Glamorgan and the University of Bangor in 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 to develop a diploma level module to meet the needs of nurses working in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Funding also been provided to enable the Universities to evaluate the courses.
• Counseling Pilots – Funding of £200k has been set aside for 2006-07 by DfTE to implement a counseling strategy on a pilot basis.