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Children's Commissioner choice approved by MSPs
Tam Baillie, a leading figure in Scotland’s charitable sector, will be the new Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.
The nomination of Mr Baillie, who is currently Director of Policy for the children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland, was approved by the Scottish Parliament yesterday and now goes before the Queen for formal appointment. Mr Baillie will replace the current Commissioner Kathleen Marshall next month.
The Commissioner’s main role is to promote and safeguard the rights of young people. This includes keeping under review any law, policy or practice to ensure children and young people have access to a range of services across Scotland.
Mr Baillie, who has worked at Barnardo’s since 2003, previously worked with young offenders, young homeless people and young people leaving care within statutory and voluntary organisations across the UK.
Following his nomination as Commissioner, he is stepping down from his current position as chair of the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights.