Updated on: 15/05/2013
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dr Maggie Atkinson, will be giving a public lecture at Newman on Thursday 25th April.
The lecture entitled Discrimination, Exclusion and Exploitation: The Real Risks for Children and Young People in 2013, will explore issues of sexual exploitation and grooming, school exclusion, and the risks facing children and young people living in care.
Maggie Atkinson has been Children’s Commissioner for England since March 2010. She has a 30 year career working with and in the interests of children and young people.
The Children’s Commissioner began her career teaching English and taught in a range of schools from inner cities to shire counties for 11 years. Before taking up the post she was Director of Children’s Services in Gateshead. This involved leading staff in various professions and disciplines, as well as 88 partner schools. She also headed revenue budgets for all council services for children and young people.
On the national stage Maggie has been President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Chair of the multi-agency Centre for Excellence in Outcomes and Chair of the Children and Young People’s Workforce National Partnership which included skills councils, unions, third sector stakeholders and public bodies. In addition, Maggie Atkinson held a range of positions in local government including County Manager (Education Standards) at Cheshire County Council, Assistant Director (Quality Assurance) at Warrington Council, Ofsted Inspector at Kirklees MBC, and Adviser, Schools Management Support at Birmingham City Council.
To reserve your place please contact Sarah Lilly in the Development Office.
Dr Atkinson's Speech