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 impact 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 impact 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.


  • Message from John Dunford
  • Message from the Minister
  • Some questions you may have
  • Summary of The UNCRC
  • What you told me
  • My Recommendations