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We, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, are twenty three committed experts led by me as Commissioner, and including the Deputy Commissioner and three Directors. We champion, protect, promote and defend the rights, views and interests of England’s almost 12 million children and young people.

As the only statutory body in England undertaking this crucial role for all children, with a particular focus on the otherwise-voiceless among them, we have unique powers. These include the legal right of entry into any setting where children are deemed cared for. Wherever we go we listen to children, finding out directly from them about their lives and concerns. We report to the adult world on their realities, especially where they need additional support. When we launch a formal Inquiry, everybody from whom we seek evidence must respond. When we publish a report, the Government and other statutory bodies must do the same. All our achievements for children and young people in England have been and will continue to be delivered in the context of a declining financial settlement.

Our enduring promise to children and young people is that we will continue to promote and protect their rights, in a climate of mutual respect and responsibility.