Statement on appointment of new children's commissioner

19 October 2009

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments on the appointment of Maggie Atkinson to the role of children's commissioner, and the decision by the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families not to endorse her appointment:

"The Children's Society is disappointed and surprised that the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families has chosen not to endorse the appointment of Maggie Atkinson to the role of Children's Commissioner.  We believe that Maggie is a strong candidate appointed by a rigorous process.  

"The Children's Society is particularly encouraged that the role has gone to someone with extensive experience of working with local government, which we think is a critical factor in being able to represent children's rights effectively."