The Committee on Children and Young People was formed in August 2000. The
Committee's primary responsibility is to monitor and review the work of the
Commission for Children and Young People and report its findings and
recommendations to Parliament. In particular, the Committee is required to
examine and report on annual and other reports of the Commission for Children
and Young People. However, the Committee has a broader responsibility to
examine trends and changes in services and issues affecting children and young
people, and to make recommendations as to the need for changes to the functions
and procedures of the Commission for Children and Young People.
The terms of reference for the Committee are set out in Part 6 of the Children
and Young People Act 1998, sections 27-30 and Schedule 1.
Resolution passed and message to the Assembly 6 April 2000, 2nd Session, Minutes No. 32, pp 371–2.
The Committee on Children and Young People is to conduct an inquiry into the
efficacy and effectiveness of prescription and use of drugs and medications in
children and young people. The inquiry will include examination of:
The Committee on Children and Young People invites written comment from
interested organisations, groups and individuals regarding the terms of
reference for the inquiry.
The Committee on Children and Young People has prepared a number of issues
papers relating to topics examined in this inquiry. These issues papers
summarise the evidence presented to date before the Committee. The Committee
invites further comment from the community on issues associated with the use of
prescription drugs and over the counter medications by children and young