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Section 1

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I.Children’s Commissioner

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Notes

StatusE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)The Children’s Commissioner is to be a corporation sole.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Children’s Commissioner is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown; and his property is not to be regarded as property of, or property held on behalf of, the Crown.

General powersE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The Children’s Commissioner may do anything which appears to him to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of, or in connection with, the exercise of his functions.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In particular he may—

(a)co-operate with other public authorities in the United Kingdom;

(b)enter into contracts; and

(c)acquire, hold and dispose of any property.

Appointment and tenure of officeE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The Children’s Commissioner is to be appointed by the Secretary of State.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Secretary of State must [F1take reasonable steps to] involve children in the appointment of the Children’s Commissioner.

(3)Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a person shall hold and vacate office as the Children’s Commissioner in accordance with the terms and conditions of his appointment as determined by the Secretary of State.

(4)An appointment as the Children’s Commissioner shall be for a term not exceeding [F2six years].

(5)A person who has held office as the Children’s Commissioner [F3is not eligible for reappointment].

(6)The Children’s Commissioner may at any time resign by notice in writing to the Secretary of State.

(7)The Secretary of State may remove the Children’s Commissioner from office if he is satisfied that he has—

(a)become unfit or unable properly to discharge his functions; or

(b)behaved in a way that is not compatible with his continuing in office.

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[F4Interim appointmentsE+W+S+N.I.

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F4Sch. 1 para. 3A and cross-heading inserted (1.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6), s. 139(5), Sch. 5 para. 8

3A(1)Where there is a vacancy in the office of Children's Commissioner, the Secretary of State may appoint a person as interim Children's Commissioner.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a person holds and vacates office as interim Children's Commissioner in accordance with the terms and conditions of the appointment as determined by the Secretary of State.

(3)An appointment as interim Children's Commissioner is for a term ending—

(a)with the appointment of a person as the Children's Commissioner under paragraph 3, or

(b)if sooner, at the end of the period of six months beginning with the date on which the appointment as interim Children's Commissioner was made.

(4)A person who has held office as interim Children's Commissioner—

(a)is eligible for reappointment, and

(b)is eligible for appointment as the Children's Commissioner.

(5)An interim Children's Commissioner may at any time resign by notice in writing to the Secretary of State.

(6)The Secretary of State may remove an interim Children's Commissioner from office if satisfied that the interim Commissioner has—

(a)become unfit or unable properly to discharge his or her functions; or

(b)behaved in a way that is not compatible with continuing in office.]

RemunerationE+W+S+N.I.

4The Secretary of State must—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)pay the Children’s Commissioner such remuneration and allowances, and

(b)pay or make provision for the payment of such pension or gratuities to or in respect of him,

as may be provided under the terms of his appointment.

StaffE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)The Children’s Commissioner may appoint any staff he considers necessary for assisting him in the exercise of his functions F5....E+W+S+N.I.

F6(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)F7... Any member of the Children’s Commissioner’s staff may, so far as authorised by him, exercise any of his functions.

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F5Words in Sch. 1 para. 5(1) omitted (1.4.2014) by virtue of Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6), s. 139(5), Sch. 5 para. 9(1)(a)

F6Sch. 1 para. 5(2) omitted (1.4.2014) by virtue of Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6), s. 139(5), Sch. 5 para. 9(1)(b)

F7Words in Sch. 1 para. 5(3) omitted (1.4.2014) by virtue of Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6), s. 139(5), Sch. 5 para. 9(1)(c)

PensionsE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)In the Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11), in Schedule 1 (kinds of employment etc to which section 1 of that Act applies)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in the list of “Other Bodies”, at the end insert “ Employment by the Children’s Commissioner ”;

(b)in the list of “Offices”, at the appropriate place insert “ Children’s Commissioner ”.

(2)The Secretary of State must pay to the Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as the Minister may direct, such sums as he may determine in respect of any increase attributable to sub-paragraph (1) in the sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under the Superannuation Act 1972.

FundingE+W+S+N.I.

7The Secretary of State may make payments to the Children’s Commissioner of such amounts, at such times and on such conditions (if any) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.E+W+S+N.I.

AccountsE+W+S+N.I.

8(1)The Children’s Commissioner must—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)keep proper accounting records;

(b)prepare a statement of accounts for each financial year; and

(c)send a copy of each such statement of accounts to the Secretary of State and the Comptroller and Auditor General as soon as possible after the end of the financial year to which the statement relates.

(2)The Comptroller and Auditor General must examine, certify and report on each statement of accounts sent to him under sub-paragraph (1)(c) and must lay copies of the statement and of his report before Parliament.

(3)In this paragraph, “financial year” means—

(a)the period beginning with the date on which the first Children’s Commissioner is appointed and ending with 31st March next following that date; and

(b)each successive period of twelve months ending with 31st March.

EvidenceE+W+N.I.

9(1)A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the Children’s Commissioner or to be signed by him or on his behalf is to be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, taken to be so executed or signed.E+W+N.I.

(2)This paragraph does not extend to Scotland.

Protection from defamation actionsE+W+S+N.I.

10For the purposes of the law of defamation—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)any statement made by the Children’s Commissioner in a report published under this Part has absolute privilege; and

(b)any other statement made by the Children’s Commissioner or a member of his staff for the purposes of this Part has qualified privilege.

Regulated positionE+W+S+N.I.

11In the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (c. 43), in section 36(6) (meaning of “regulated position”), after paragraph (f) insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(fa)Children’s Commissioner and deputy Children’s Commissioner appointed under Part 1 of the Children Act 2004,.

DisqualificationsE+W+S+N.I.

12In the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24), in Part 3 of Schedule 1 (certain disqualifying offices), at the appropriate places insert the following entries— “ Children’s Commissioner ”; “ Member of staff of the Children’s Commissioner ”.E+W+S+N.I.

13In the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 25), in Part 3 of Schedule 1 (certain disqualifying offices), at the appropriate places insert the following entries— “ Children’s Commissioner ”; “ Member of staff of the Children’s Commissioner ”.E+W+S+N.I.

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