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Maggie Atkinson 17 March 2010
Maggie Atkinson
The new Children’s Commissioner for England

Maggie Atkinson is just a couple of weeks into her new job as Children’s Commissioner for England but already there have been calls for her to resign. In a recent interview she said that the age of criminal responsibility at 10 was too low - and remarked that the killers of Jamie Bulger should not have been tried in an adult court as they were still children. The initial announcement of her appointment was also mired in controversy when a group of cross party MPs refused to endorse her in the role because they did not believe she would be independent enough ‘to challenge the status quo on children’s behalf.’ She joins Jenni to talk about those remarks and her new role championing children’s interests.

The Children's Commissioner for England
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