Independent report

Review of the Office of the Children's Commissioner (England)

This review looks at the commissioner's powers, functions, and the relationship with other related government-funded organisations.



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. 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.

On 12 July 2010, the Secretary of State for Education announced that there would be an independent review of the office, role and functions of the children’s commissioner for England. It particularly aimed to look at the commissioner’s powers, remit and functions, value for money, and the relationship with other government funded organisations carrying out related functions.

The recommendations in this report strengthen the remit, powers and independence of the commissioner, which will set them apart from the many children’s organisations and provide the commissioner with a unique role.