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Jersey's first Children's Commissioner appointed

The first Children’s Commissioner for Jersey has been appointed.

Deborah McMillan, a former director of children's services in the UK, police officer and teacher, has been appointed after being interviewed by a panel of young people.

Described as an 'inspirational leader', Mrs McMillan will lead the new office of the Children's Commissioner in Jersey from next month, with three new members of staff.

This is a unique post that is intended to influence widespread positive change for children and young people in Jersey, transforming understanding and acceptance throughout the community of the importance of children’s rights.

Throughout her career she transformed services for children, making difficult decisions and making sure services are effective, children's voices are heard and children are safe.

I congratulate the new, and first, Children’s Commissioner for Jersey on this significant appointment and wish her every success in her term of office.

– Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey's Chief Minister

The post of Children’s Commissioner for Jersey was established in response to a recommendation of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the first Children’s Commissioner for Jersey.

This is a vitally important role and I look forward to working on behalf of all children and young people in Jersey to promote and protect their rights and best interests.

I do not underestimate the challenges that the Office of the Children’s Commissioner will face, but I am determined to use my term of office wisely to drive real improvements in children’s lives and in particular those most vulnerable who are in need of care, protection and support.

– Deborah McMillan