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Lost in Transition

22 February 2024

When I became Children’s Commissioner, one of the first things I did was to conduct a nationwideinquiry into the educational experiences of children leaving state education. These children had fallenoff the radar during the pandemic. Local authorities confided that they did not know where they hadgone or how to support them to reengage in education. […]

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Lost in Transition, too many children falling through the cracks after leaving state education

When I became Children’s Commissioner, one of the first things I did was to conduct a nationwide inquiry into the educational experiences of children leaving state education. These children had fallen off the radar during the pandemic. Local authorities confided that they did not know where they had gone or how to support them to […]

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The Big Ambition for Youth Work Roundtable, Ambassadors share their thoughts

13 February 2024

Last week I co-hosted The Big Ambition for Youth Work Roundtable with my recently appointed Ambassadors, Aaliya, Emmanuel and Penelope. The roundtable brought together experts and leaders from across the youth sector to discuss the theme: “How could the next government make children’s lives better through youth work and positive activities?”. The roundtable stimulated so […]

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Children value outside spaces to play in their local communities  

12 February 2024

The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises ‘the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.’   Children tell me all the time about the importance of play […]

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Apprenticeships are for everyone, a personal experience and advice from one of our Ambassadors

9 February 2024

Rylie applied to become a Children’s Commissioner Ambassador because she wants to improve the education system so that it empowers future leaders and inspires and prepares young minds for success in the world of work. Join Rylie – a Children’s Commissioner Ambassador and Apprentice Build Manager at Willmott Dixon – on a journey into the […]

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Supporting children’s mental health this Children’s Mental Health week

Dr Julia Clements, Principal Educational Psychologist, Place2Be This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, organised by leading charity Place2Be. The week, which was founded in 2015, aims to equip, empower and give a voice to children across the UK. Each year, Place2Be create resources and share advice to help schools and families to have important […]

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Self-care: A care leavers journey

8 February 2024

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, this year’s theme is ‘My Voice Matters’. My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. Today I am sharing a blog post written by a care leaver in my team. Benita wanted to share how […]

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Why listening to children really matters when it comes to mental health, from one of our Ambassadors

7 February 2024

Thanks to Maya who is one of the Children’s Commissioner’s Ambassadors. Maya applied to become of Dame Rachel’s Ambassadors because she wanted to raise awareness about young people’s mental and physical health. Read more about Maya’s experience here: “I am passionate about mental health in young people. I have struggled with anxiety in the past […]

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Making sure children’s voices matter this Children’s Mental Health week  

5 February 2024

At the heart of all my work as Children’s Commissioner are the voices of children. Every day my team and I hear directly from children about their experiences of home life, school, their friendships, as well as the challenges they face. I regularly visit children and young people in schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions, care […]

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The Children’s Commissioner’s view on artificial intelligence (AI) 

2 February 2024

In recent years there has been a huge increase in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, both in terms of the number of products available on the market and their use by consumers. It is clear there are advantages to the use of AI, but there is still so much that is not yet […]

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New statistics on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for children with special educational needs

29 January 2024

As Children’s Commissioner I am very concerned by the latest statistics on the number of tribunals for people appealing against local authority decisions about Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for children with special educational needs – which has hit an all-time high of 13,700. This is further delaying children from accessing the vital support […]

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New figures reveal drop in number of school absences, but attendance must remain top priority

25 January 2024

As Children’s Commissioner,  I am  deeply concerned about the endemic levels of school absence which means that thousands of children are missing out on their right to education.  The latest statistics from the Department for Education, show that 20.1% of children were persistently absent in Autumn 2023. While this is a welcome improvement compared to  […]

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Gaming the system

22 October 2019

The overwhelming majority of children (93 percent) in the UK play video games. Yet despite its popularity, the culture of ‘gaming’- its rules and its rituals, the varying profiles of players, the risks they face – tends to be spoken of by adults, whether they be policymakers or parents, as if it were an alien […]

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The state of child poverty and how we can tackle it

17 October 2019

On the United Nations Day for Poverty Eradication we should never fail to be shocked that we are talking about child poverty when are one of the wealthiest countries on earth. Yet as all of us here know, the number of children living in poverty has been steadily increasing in recent years. There are around […]

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EU children in Britain

16 October 2019

If you are an EU citizen living in Britain, Brexit will affect your rights. This means you will need to apply for what the Government calls ‘settled status’ in Britain. What is settled status? Settled status is a special immigration category for EU nationals who have made Britain their home. Once you have settled status […]

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Children’s Commissioner for England response to CQC report on the state of care

15 October 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the CQC annual report into the state of care

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Almost one in five children left education at 18 last year without basic qualifications

20 September 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published research looking at the number of children who leave the education system at 18 without reaching Level 2 attainment (five GCSEs grade A* to C, or equivalent technical qualifications). These are children who will have spent 14 years in compulsory education, often having more than £100,000 of […]

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Children’s manifesto calls on political parties to back six pledges to transform life chances for all kids

7 September 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published ‘Guess How Much We Love You: A Manifesto for Children’ ahead of any upcoming General Election.

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A Manifesto for Children

The manifesto, published ahead of any upcoming General Election, calls on Britain’s political parties to include a six-point plan in their election manifestos to transform the life chances for disadvantaged children and to help all of England’s 12 million children to thrive. The manifesto sets out some of the key issues that children have told […]

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Anne Longfield responds to Government Spending Review

4 September 2019

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Government’s Spending Review

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Children’s experiences of online harm and what they want to do about it

27 August 2019

In April this year the Government set out their plans for a world-first: a system of regulations that they argue will make the UK ‘the safest place in the world to be online’. The Online Harms White Paper, produced in collaboration between the Home Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), maps out […]

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Bleak houses

21 August 2019

Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England

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