MPs have slammed the government’s indecision over appointing a
children’s commissioner for England.
A report by the parliamentary joint committee on human rights
states that the role is necessary to ensure the rights of children
are considered in policy making.
MPs criticised the government for failing to reach a decision even
though it is convinced of the merits of a similar post in the
Republic of Ireland. Wales has an independent commissioner and
Scotland and Northern Ireland are establishing similar
The report says existing arrangements are too closely linked to the
government, which it accuses of having made “a rather lackadaisical
effort to get to grips with learning from the devolved