Independent report

Review of the Children's Commissioner in England: children and young people's guide

This is the children and young people's outline of the independent review of the office, role and function of the Children's Commissioner.


The UK is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and England needs a commissioner with adequate powers in order to meet its obligations under this convention. The argument for having a Children’s Commissioner is that children are generally more vulnerable than adults and are therefore more likely to have their rights abused.

The Children’s Commissioner has had a significant impact on the lives of some children and young people. However, the overall effect has been disappointing. This is in large part due to the limited remit set out in the 2004 legislation and a failure to establish credibility with government and other policy makers.

This report is aimed at children and young people and says what the commissioner’s role should be. Its recommendations will make the role stronger so that it has more bearing for children in England. The views of children and young people have made a big contribution to the review and are reflected in the recommendations.