Reform of the office of Childrens Commissioner: draft legislation

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Education
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Cm 8390
Legislation, Children and Young People
Corporate subject(s)
Children's Commissioner for England
Social welfare
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This paper sets out how a new role for the Children’s Commissioner can be created, focusing on promoting and protecting the rights of children, in line with the Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the Government is a committed signatory. That role would also include the functions of the Children’s Rights Director, which is currently part of Ofsted. The role would entail new powers so that the Children’s Commissioner can take an active role in assessing the impact of new policies and legislation on children. Together with strengthened powers of investigation and greater independence from Government, these proposals provide children with a strong advocate to represent their rights and interests. It is intended that the measures in this paper would form part of the package of children and families legislation announced in the Queen's speech.

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