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(1)In exercising functions under this Act, the Commissioner must comply with subsections (2) to (4).
(2)The Commissioner must have regard to any relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(3)The Commissioner must, in particular—
(a)regard, and encourage others to regard, the best interests of children and young people as a primary consideration; and
(b)have regard to, and encourage others to have regard to, the views of children and young people on all matters affecting them, due allowance being made for age and maturity.
(4)The Commissioner must act in a manner which encourages equal opportunities and, in particular, the observance of the equal opportunity requirements.
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