How does the law protect the Commissioner’s independence?


The Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act makes it so the Commissioner is independent of government:

  • the Commissioner is nominated by the whole Scottish Parliament, and appointed by the Queen,
  • the Commissioner can’t be removed from their post without a two-thirds majority vote in the Scottish Parliament.

The Commissioner also lays reports to the Scottish Parliament, but no MSPs direct or control the work the Commissioner does.

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