Children and young people in the news
Children’s Commissioner mention: Austerity has hit disadvantaged children hardest, MPs and peers say (Guardian)
Disadvantaged children have suffered disproportionately during austerity and their problems in accessing legal aid are a "black mark" on the government's record, according to a parliamentary committee.
Children's Commissioner mention: Safety net for children failing
The ‘safety net' of post-LASPO exceptional funding is failing, according to a new report. According to government figures, only three children were granted exceptional funding in the 12 months following the introduction of the controversial legislation. This falls well below the MOJ's projected figures, which estimated that 847 children and 4,888 young adults would be granted exceptional funding per year...
Children’s Commissioner mention: Children’s Commissioner mention: New Children’s Commissioner for England outlines her priorities (Family Law Week)
Anne Longfield OBE, who started as the new Children's Commissioner for England on 2 March, has identified her immediate priorities as:
- working with children to make sure their interests are at the forefront of decision making nationally and locally
- securing real improvements for the most vulnerable children in the country's care system
- making sure adults and professionals understand and act on, the signs displayed by children who are abused or neglected
- securing real commitments from all the major political parties to make children a key priority as they go into the election in May, including to renew their commitments to helping the poorest, most disadvantaged children.