chapter  3
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Children’s commissioners: representing children’s interests and views

ByKathleen Marshall, Jane Williams

This chapter describes the role and status of the four Children’s Commissioners in the UK and explains the differences in their remits. There is potential for confusion arising from these differences, but this has been mitigated by the close working relationships established by the four offices. The commissioners’ processes and policy priorities are a rich resource for those with an interest in children’s issues who would like to help shape the policy agenda. The common focus for the four offices is the UNCRC, which covers the whole spectrum of children’s rights and is an essential reference point for everyone working with children.