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  English kids to get their champion
Updated 08 September 2003, 10.13
Children in the playground
Children in England are finally going to have their voices heard and their rights protected.

They're getting their own special person to represent them in government.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have the commissioner who makes sure the government knows what you need.

The idea to create one for England is part of a government plan to improve protection for kids.

Listening to kids

The commissioner will talk to kids, find out what they need and tell the government what they should do for them.

The government also wants some children's trusts set up.

They'll make sure hospitals and schools work together to tackle problems like bullying.

It's all good news for kids in England: in 2002, 9 out of 10 of you said you wanted someone in government to be looking out for your rights.

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