25 February 2013
The Australian Council of Social Service today applauded the appointment of Megan Mitchell as Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner.
“This is indeed a major set forward in ensuring that children across our country are kept safe and well and given every opportunity to lead healthy lives in this crucial stage of their development,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.
“As the peak body for the community sector, ACOSS has long wanted to see such an overseer role created that will provide the important link to the protection of our most precious asset, our children and young people.
“We welcome the choice of Megan Mitchell, who is a former ACOSS Director, and has extensive experience and personal commitment to this area, especially in her most recent role as NSW Children’s Commissioner.
“The announcement fulfils a major objective under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, which is the nation’s first-ever roadmap to deal with child abuse and neglect and to promote the wellbeing of our children.
“It is vital we have a Commissioner focused on championing the aspirations, needs and interests of children and young people. ACOSS, and the entire community sector look forward to working closely with Megan Mitchell and the new office,” Dr Goldie said.
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