The role of Children’s Commissioner was created by the Children Act 2004 to promote awareness of the views and interests of children in England. The Office has the status of a non-departmental public body (NDPB).
The post is currently held by Dr Maggie Atkinson, who took office on 1 March 2010. Maggie Atkinson is supported by a number of staff, a deputy children’s commissioner, Sue Berelowitz, and a Grant in Aid from the Department for Education. The Children’s Commissioner is a corporation sole and is not an agent of the crown.
The Act specifies the Commissioner’s general functions:
In carrying out these functions, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) must have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Children’s Commissioner also has a number of specific functions and powers which include:
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has recently been the subject of an independent review commissioned by the Secretary of State. The report, published on 6 December, sets out 46 recommendations, all of which the Government has accepted in principle.
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