PROPOSED child welfare law has got the thumbs-up from one of the MPs who started the campaign.
Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood asked for a children's commissioner for England in the Commons last year.
He described the news that a Bill proposes a commissioner as the most important advance in child welfare for a generation.
The Government's new Children Bill was published by Charles Clarke, the Education and Skills Secretary.
Mr Wood said: "This move demonstrates a commitment to children and young people, safeguarding their rights and providing them with a voice.
"It will give children in need someone to turn to.
"There are millions of vulnerable children in this country who need an independent and powerful advocate able to navigate freely through official corridors on their behalf.
"This is a significant step for child welfare - perhaps the most important for a generation - and it ties in with existing government initiatives to lift children out of poverty, increase their life chances and protect them from harm and abuse."