Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England, has commissioned the British Youth Council to manage this year's Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, taking place on 23rd November 2012, which she will still lead.

Tens of thousands of children and young people take part in Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day each year. The day gives children and young people from all backgrounds and abilities the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making, while adults, schools and organisations can gain a fresh perspective on what they do.

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Above: Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day advisory group meeting at BYC office

Organisations joining in include businesses, local authorities, charities, schools, government departments and museums. Last year BBC Radio 1, the editor of Metro, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, the Royal British Legion, Kids in Museums and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson were just some of those taking part.

This year we're looking for even more organisations, schools, children and young people to take part. The Office of the Children's Commissioner and BYC will encourage children from all backgrounds to take part in Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, particularly those who are often excluded or miss out on the type of great opportunities the day offers.

To find out more about Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day 2012, and download resources to help you get involved in the day, head to the Children's Commissioner's website.