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Children's Commissioner: consultation on changes to role

Following John Dunford's review, the Government launches a consultation on changes to the role of the Children's Commissioner.

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The Government is today launching a consultation on changes to the role of the Children’s Commissioner following John Dunford’s review.

Announcing the consultation, Children’s Minister Sarah Teather said:

Children should have a strong advocate to promote and defend their rights and speak on their behalf. The Government wants the views and interests of children to be championed at the highest level. That’s why we accepted all of John Dunford’s sensible recommendations to give the Children’s Commissioner greater independence, influence and impact. We are listening to young people, and everyone working with children, on how we change the law. We want to change the role to best suit the needs of children, particularly looked after children and those who have just left the care system, as they do not have a parent or guardian to promote their rights and views.

Further information

The full consultation is available on the e-consultations section of the Department for Education’s website.

Contact details

Media enquiries: Central newsdesk
Telephone: 020 7783 8300

General enquiries: Public Communications Unit
Department for Education
Castle View House, East Lane

Telephone: 0870 000 2288


Published 7 July 2011