"Now it's time to visit the most important man in the country for children, apart from your own dad. He's the Children's Commissioner and it's his job to stick up for us kids."
Those are the words of 15 year old Billy Gould at the start of a video interview with Sir Al Aynsley-Green which can be seen on the Commissioner's website. In August presspacker Jasmine, 10, took part in a three-day event to help find out the best way to help young people in the country. Kids (up to the age of 18) had to decide what issues were of most concern to them and vote how some money will be spent by Sir Albert.
The Children's Commissioner for England has called for more funding for voluntary sector mental health organisations. One in ten children aged 5 to 16 has a mental health problem at any one time. (also see blog 2 September 2007)