Senedd Bites #63: Smacking ban “could put off English tourists”

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Tory AM: Smacking ban could put off English tourists

Janet Finch-Saunders AM (Con, Aberconwy) has suggested that if a Bill introduced in the Senedd – to remove a criminal defence of reasonable punishment for “smacking children” – became law, it would deter English tourists from visiting Wales.

She said during a meeting of the Children & Young People Committee that, “We don’t want reports of people coming on holiday to Llandudno and suddenly getting a knock on the door of their hotel where somebody has accused them of smacking their child and they’re completely oblivious to this.”

Families begin legal action over Tawel Fan scandal

Some families affected by the Tawel Fan mental health ward scandal at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital have begun legal action against Betsi Cadwaladr health board over what is claimed to be a search for the absolute truth behind the incidents.

Several reports have been produced into the scandal following mistreatment, neglect and abuse of patients on the ward. A relative of one of the individuals caught up in the scandal told BBC Wales: “Compensation is the least of our concerns. We want an acknowledgement of the harm that was caused. We’ve been left out in the cold and feel as if we’ve been pushed aside to fend for ourselves.”

Cardiff to host 2019 Homeless World Cup

Cardiff’s Bute Park has been selected to host the 2019 Homeless World Cup. Wales’ bid was championed by Cymorth Cymru and actor and patron of Street Football Wales, Michael Sheen.

Wales’ women’s team won the cup in 2017 and it’s expected the street football tournament will attract around 500 competitors from 50 nations. It’ll take place between Saturday 27th July-Saturday 3rd August 2019.

To be eligible to take part, players must’ve been either homeless or an asylum seeker in the year prior to the tournament. The tournament has been used to raise awareness of homelessness and improve both the physical and mental health of people taking part.

Senedd “unlikely to meet outside Cardiff”, but it’s not ruled out

The Llywydd, Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion), told BBC Wales as part of an interview marking devolution’s 20th anniversary that it was unlikely that full plenary sessions of the Senedd will be held outside Cardiff “for the foreseeable future” but didn’t rule it out, with some Senedd Committee meetings already held outside Cardiff.

She said: “I think this is now our twentieth year in existence, and now really should be the time when we can consider whether we can take the assembly – the Senedd in its entirety – to another location in Wales and hold full meetings.”

Petition calls for Makaton to be taught in schools

A 13-year-old from Bridgend, Isabella Evans, has submitted a petition to the Senedd calling for Makaton – a form of sign language used by people with learning disabilities – to be taught in Welsh schools.

The Senedd has previously debated a petition calling for the extended provision of British Sign Language in schools and the Welsh Government said: “Languages, Literacy and Communication is one of six areas of learning and experience in the new curriculum for Wales. Where appropriate, schools can introduce British Sign Language as their international language.”