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The Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner for England is Anne Longfield OBE.

She has a statutory duty to promote and protect the rights of all children in England in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Children and Families Act 2014 gives her special responsibility for the rights of children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services.

She speaks for wider groups of children on non-devolved issues including immigration (for the whole of the UK) and youth justice (for England and Wales).

It is her job to make life better for all children and young people by making sure their rights are respected and realised and that their views are taken seriously.

The Commissioner is supported in her work by a team of staff. Together, they are responsible for the rights of all children and young people until they are 18 years old, or 25 years if they have been in care, are care leavers or have a disability.

A brief history of the Children's Commissioner for England

A number of children's sector charities called for the post of Children's Commissioner to be established following a recommendation made by Lord Laming in the Victoria Climbie Inquiry. In its advice on implementing the UNCRC, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends that countries should ideally have an individual such as a Children's Commissioner or Ombudsman responsible for children's rights.

The post of Children's Commissioner was initially established by the Children Act 2004 and the remit strengthened through the Children and Families Act 2014.

Commissioners to date

Sir Al Aynsley Green, Children's Commissioner 2005-2009
Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner 2009-2015
Anne Longfield OBE, Children's Commissioner 2015-present

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