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Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010

Government Proposed Measure – Introduced by Dr Brian Gibbons AM Minister for Social Justice and Local Government

About the Proposed Measure

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure makes statutory provision, through a legislative framework, to take forward the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment in terms of child poverty, and to take forward early development of its strategy for vulnerable children by bringing forward legislation to provide greater support to families where children may be at risk, and strengthened regulatory enforcement in children settings.

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Following agreement by the National Assembly of the text of the proposed Measure, it received Royal Approval on 10 February 2010. The proposed Measure is now a Measure of the National Assembly (a Welsh law).

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Measure’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010



  • Proposed Measure introduced

  • Stage 1 - Committee consideration of general principles*

  • Stage 1 - Debate in plenary on general principles

  • Stage 2 - Committee consideration of amendments *

  • Stage 3 - Plenary consideration of amendments

  • Stage 4 - Passing of the Measure in Plenary

  • Date of Royal Approval

* undertaken by Legislation Committee No.2


Measure and Explanatory Memorandum

  • Stage 1

Consideration and agreement of the general principles of the Measure:

Public Consultation

The Committee issued a call for evidence (PDF, 37KB)

on the Proposed Children and Families (Wales) Measure

which has now closed and the responses can be accessed at list of consultation responses.

Stage 1 Committee Report
The Committee published its Stage 1 Committee Report (PDF, 1.7MB) on 19 June 2009.

Plenary Stage 1 debate
The Assembly agreed to the general principles of the Measure after the Stage 1 debate in plenary on 30 June 2009

Related News Items

News items that have been prepared by the Assembly in relation to this piece of legislation can be found at

  • Stage 2

Detailed consideration of the Measure and any amendments tabled by a committee of Assembly Members: Stage 2 commenced on 1 July 2009 and concluded on 1 October 2009. Details of tabled amendments are available at
  • Stage 3

Detailed consideration in Plenary of the Measure and any selected amendments:

Stage 3 commenced on 2 October 2009 and concluded on 10 November 2009. Details of tabled amendments are available at:

  • Stage 4

Passing the final text of the Measure:

The Measure was passed by the Assembly on 10 November 2009.

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