Helen Mary Jones is Deputy Director of the Morgan Academy. She has contributed to social rights and social politics in Wales in relation to equal opportunities, tackling abuse against women, and, in conjunction with Swansea University, instilled a new Welsh law ensuring the democratic rights of young people and children. She managed the Cynon Valley Crime Prevention Bureau between 1989 and 1994, reducing crime and the fear of crime through engaging young people in their communities and in the decisions that affected them. During this period she also managed a youth employment project for young people with a history of offending which led to her role as Project Worker, then Project Leader of the Barnados Youth Offending Project. This highly effective project introduced programmes to divert serious young offenders from custody and first time offenders from the criminal justice system in South Glamorgan. Helen’s innovative approach sought to empower young people and succeeded in cutting the reoffending rate down to under 10%.Between 1996 and 1999, Helen was Deputy Director of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Wales, where she had profound influence, bringing together all major women’s voluntary organisations in Wales to form the Wales Women’s National Coalition; successfully introducing the EOC’s first Welsh Language Scheme across the UK; and supporting, through the Wales Women’s National Coalition and in collaboration with other equality bodies, the successful lobbying for the inclusion of equality clauses in the first Government of Wales Act.As Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, she played a key role in the Assembly’s response to the Waterhouse Report on abuse in children’s homes, including the establishment of the role of Children’s Commissioner, ensuring that children and young people played an active part in this appointment. As Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee between 2007 and 2011, Helen led the scrutiny of the One Wales Government’s delivery for children and young people. During this time, supported by an expert group convened by Swansea University’s College of Law, Helen played a key role in challenging the Welsh Government on the drafting and further development of the Rights of Children and Young Person’s Measure, Wales 2011, helping to ensure the delivery of a pervasive law enshrining the UNCRC into Welsh domestic law.