We believe that establishing a commission will give children a voice when the Government makes policies and decisions that affect their lives. The commissioner would also oversee the implementation of the UN Convention, co-ordinate the Government's policy on children's issues and ensure that the complaints procedures are working for children.
The NSPCC, like Peter Newell, is concerned that despite the Government's much- publicised acceptance of principles about the importance of listening to children, it has actually created few opportunities for children to make their voices heard. The creation of a Children's Rights Commission is one way in which the Government could prove that it is taking its commitment to the UN Convention seriously.
Director and Chief Executive NSPCC
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