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  New rules protect kids from abuse
Updated 04 March 2004, 08.21
Upset kid
Children in England will be safer under new rules being unveiled by the government on Thursday.

The changes are aimed at protecting kids from abuse and making sure that people who hurt children are punished.

Schools, youth groups, the police, council and other organisations will work more closely together to look out for the signs of abuse.

The government is also appointing a "children's commissioner" for England, who will speak up for kids' rights.

The commissioner will speak up for kids
The commissioner will speak up for kids

Children in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland already have their own commissioners.

Their job is to find out what bothers kids, as well as the things they want, and then make sure the government does something about it.

'Not enough'

But kids' charities are concerned that the shake-up won't do enough to protect kids.

They want children to have the same rights as adults when it comes to being hurt in the home.

At the moment, parents can go to court to argue for their right to punish their kids.

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