Maggie Atkinson is the Children's Commissioner for England.
She has a legal duty to promote and protect the rights of all children in England with a particular focus on children and young people with difficulties or challenges in their lives, and in particular those living away from home, in or leaving care, or receiving social care services.
Her work focuses on making sure that adults in charge, or making decisions, listen to what children and young people say about things that affect them. She encourages adults, including the people making decisions about children's lives, always to take their rights, views and interests into account.
Maggie brings matters that affect children and young people's rights to the attention of Parliament, local government and others.
Maggie was appointed Children's Commissioner for England in 2010 and is the second person to hold the post.
The role of the Children's Commissioner was created by the Children Act 2004 and has been strengthened by the Children and Families Act 2014. This Act has changed the primary function of the Commissioner from representing the views and interests of children and young people to promoting and protecting children's rights.
Maggie also speaks out on the rights of children on UK-wide issues that are not-devolved to regional governments including immigration for the whole of the UK, and youth justice for England and Wales.
Maggie is supported in all of her work by a small but expert team of staff at the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC). All of the OCC's work supports her role as Commissioner.