• 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...
  • 14 August 2013

    Exam results: Critics should walk a mile in young people's shoes

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    Here we are in exam results season again.  AS and A levels this week, GCSEs the next.  Thousands of young people are waiting for the news they expect to shape their ideas about the...
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