The appointment of Professor Al Aynsley-Green as the first Children’s Commissioner in England was welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) today (2 March, 2005).
CPHVA director, Mark Jones said: ‘Having worked with Professor Aynsley-Green on the development of the Children’s National Service Framework, the CPHVA is pleased to see his appointment to this crucial new role.’
‘The CPHVA has campaigned for a Children’s Commissioner for England and we are encouraged that the importance of such a post has now been recognised. We look forward to working with the Commissioner as he seeks to promote the interests and well-being of children and young people.’
Al Aynsley-Green is currently National Clinical Director for Children (DH). He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.
He will act as an independent voice for children and young people, to champion their interests and bring their concerns and views to the national arena.
The new Commissioner will have the ability and powers to: