6 Dec 2010

Statement from Penny Nicholls, Director of Children and Young People on The Children's Society response to the John Dunford Review: 

"The Children's Society is delighted with the recommendations made by the John Dunford Review into the role of the Children's Commissioner for England. 

"We are also encouraged by the Government’s acceptance of these recommendation. In this time of Government cuts, which will impact on the most disadvantaged disproportionately, a truly independent children's rights champion will be vital in ensuring that children are protected and that their welfare is considered in all new developments.

"The charity has long campaigned for the Children’s Commissioner to have a strengthened remit to promote and protect children's rights. The Children's Society is very pleased that Dr Dunford recommends that the new Children’s Commissioner should be able to assess the impact of new Government policies on children's rights. It is also recommended that they should hold Government to account against the UNCRC and should have greater independence by reporting directly to Parliament, as well as to government."


For further information please contact Lorna Harris, Media Officer on 020 7841 4424 or lorna.harris@childsoc.org.uk .