• 30 June 2014

    Amazed all over again

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    I spend a lot of my time doing this job, being amazed all over again at how resourceful, kind, funny, and characterful most children and young people are. This past couple of weeks I've had several...
  • 14 March 2014

    The Children and Families Act 2014

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    The Children and Families Act (2014) received Royal Assent yesterday. It is a far reaching piece of legislation covering adoption; fostering; the family courts; shared responsibility by parents who...
  • 28 February 2014

    Questions and answers

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    As our work is representing their views and interests, it is perhaps not surprising that members of OCC staff and I spend a good deal of time with children and young people, each with different...
  • 24 January 2014

    A healthy 2014?

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    I have spent a good deal of this young year so far engaged in conversations and attending events focused on health.  I'm a member of the Department of Health's Children and Young People's...
  • 18 December 2013

    2013: A round-up from the Children's Commissioner

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    As 2013 draws to a close, I thought a round-up of the year, reflecting on where we've been and where we're going, would be a good idea. 

  • 22 November 2013

    Emma takes over the blog for Takeover Day: What I think is important to young people

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    Hello! My name is Emma, I'm 16 and I'm taking over Maggie's blog for Takeover Day. I'm a very bubbly, funny and fun person and I'm from Chorley. I'm here to talk to you about things that are...
  • 7 October 2013

    Thoughts from the European Network of Ombudspersons and Commissioners for Children (ENOC) annual conference

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    I recently got back from the annual conference and assembly of children's commissioners and ombudsmen from all the European countries which have such a role. This year's theme was ‘children...
  • 26 September 2013

    Time for an end to the stereotyping of a generation

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    I have spent a good deal of time lately either with, learning about issues raised by, or defending the upstanding citizenship of, our adolescent population.  As a nation we try to avoid...
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