The Children's Society response to the Queen's speech

09 May 2012

“By strengthening the role of the Children’s Commissioner the government has taken a positive step towards having children’s voices heard at the highest levels of power. Making sure children have a truly independent advocate who will further promote and protect children’s rights.

“But the government must seize this opportunity and make sure this move is backed up by sufficient resources if this is to make a real impact.

“While we welcome the news that the government is reviewing support for some children with special education needs, it is vital that an accessible, flexible and supportive system is made available to all children who need additional help.”

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Notes to editors

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.