Policy paper

Reform of the Office of Children's Commissioner: draft legislation

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This document outlines draft legislation for creating and reforming the role of the Children’s Commissioner.



This draft paper follows the independent review from John Dunford, Review of the office of the children’s commissioner (Cm. 7981, 2010, ISBN 9780101798129). It sets out how a new role for the Children’s Commissioner can be created, looking specifically at promoting and protecting the rights of children, in line with the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The role would entail new powers so that the Children’s Commissioner can take an active role in assessing the effects of new policies and legislation on children.