The consultation on the Office of the Children’s Commissioner carried out as part of the independent review into us has now closed. Our submission, which you can read here, sets out proposals for a Children’s Commission with a statutory remit to safeguard and promote children's human rights in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We are expecting the review to report next month. In the meantime, we are pressing ahead with our busy work programme.
As well as responding to the consultation on our own future, we have been incredibly busy inputting children’s views and perspectives into calls for evidence on issues such as health, education and child poverty, as well as the Munro Review of Child Protection.
We continue to work closely with other children’s representatives across Europe. A recent conference brought together all four UK Children’s Commissioners with the Republic of Ireland’s Children’s Ombudsman, and I have just returned from the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children conference, which you can read more about in my blog.
It is now three weeks until Takeover Day 2010 on 12 November, and we are frantically busy preparing! We’re receiving news of exciting plans from people all over the country – a handful of those taking part are listed on the right of this newsletter, and you can find out what we’ll be doing on the day here. Do let us know what you have planned too via our
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As ever, the voices, views and experiences of children and young people are present throughout this issue. You will read their thoughts on child protection, education, equality and work experience, and hear from two fantastic young social entrepreneurs.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that we’ve appointed a new Advisory Group of young people to support our work. I and other members of the team also continue to meet regularly with children and young people from diverse backgrounds up and down the country in our day-to-day work.
I am always keen to hear your views on our work and our e-newsletter, so do get in touch if you would like to share them.
With best wishes
Children’s Commissioner for England