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A Children’s Commissioner for Scotland looks set to become a reality after months of campaigning by the Glasgow Evening Times.

The specially-appointed commissioner would protect the rights of Scotland’s youngsters and ensure the UN Convention on the Rights for the Child was properly used.

The newspaper campaign received wide backing from children’s charities and politicians from all parties but the Scottish Executive was reluctant to approve the proposed changes.

Following a cabinet meeting the approval was given and the Scottish Parliament’s children’s committee will examine the role of the commissioner.

Lib Dem MSP Donald Gorrie said: “It is a straightforward case why we need a commissioner.

“There is a need for a full-time person to do work in pushing the case for children to be properly represented in the political process.”

Susan Elsley, the assistant director of Save the Children, said: “We are delighted the Executive is keen to explore further the good work that a children’s commissioner could do.”

The Glasgow Evening Times was at the forefront of the campaign to get highlight the needs of children along with charities such as Barnardo’s and the NSPCC.

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