Children's Commissioner England

In England, the Children Act 2004 introduced, for the first time, the role of an independent Children's Commissioner for England. The Commissioner, whose general role will be to promote awareness of the views and interests of children, was appointed in March 2005. The Commissioner's duties include advising the government of children's views and interests; encouraging organisations whose activities affect children to take account of children's views; and considering and researching matters affecting children's interests, and publishing reports on them. The Commissioner will also be able to hold inquiries, either on the direction of the Secretary of State or on the Commissioner's own initiative, into cases of individual children that have wider policy relevance.

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