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Children’s experiences as victims of crime

24 May 2024

As Children’s Commissioner, I advocate for all children in England. However, my role was born out of the acute need to hear the voices of the most at risk children. Child victims of crime are among the most vulnerable – too often excluded from a justice process designed with adults in mind, and overlooked when […]

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Victims and Prisoners Bill: Children’s experiences as victims of crime

Today the Victims and Prisoners Bill finally completed its passage through parliament. As Children’s Commissioner, I advocate for all children in England. However, my role was born out of the acute need to hear the voices of the most at risk children. Child victims of crime are among the most vulnerable – too often excluded […]

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The Big Ambition for the Election: My vision 

Over the last three years as Children’s Commissioner, I have heard from more than one million children. I have made it my mission to listen deeply to their views, voices and experiences and reflect these truthfully to policy makers and politicians. Too many of the children I speak to, but especially those whose voices are […]

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Why children want a leaders’ debate, from my young Ambassadors  

When I took office as Children’s Commissioner, I made it my mission to listen to children. I talk to young people every day – their views underpin all of my work and the work of my Office. Earlier this year I released the results from The Big Ambition survey which heard directly from children, young […]

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The Big Ambition to include children’s voices in the election

As Children’s Commissioner, I get to hear from children every day about their ambitions, their experiences and the people or things in their lives that make a difference.  It is my job to listen deeply – and reflect what they tell me truthfully to those in positions of power: politicians, policy makers, the adults in […]

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“What is a general election?” A resource for children and young people

23 May 2024

Ahead of the upcoming general election, I have created a resource for children and young people to outline key political terms and explain what happens at a general election, what will happen after the election takes place, and what MPs do. As Children’s Commissioner, I am passionate that children and young people get their voices […]

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Walk to School Week: what have children told us about walking to school? 

22 May 2024

It was clear from children’s responses to The Big Ambition that they want their walks to and from school to be clean, green, safe, and pleasant – but often, they are not. This week is Walk to School Week (May 20 to 24), which encourages children to travel actively to school each day, ideally by […]

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Head of Data Collection

21 May 2024

Salary: Grade 7 £57,498 – £69,598 per annum Hours: Full-time Do you want to make a tangible difference to the lives of children across England? Can you use your skills to be a catalyst for creating meaningful change? Are you ready to join a committed team dedicated to giving children and young people a voice […]

Head of Data Analysis

Salary: Grade 7 £57,498 – £69,598 per annum Hours: Full-time Do you want to make a tangible difference to the lives of children across England? Can you use your skills to be a catalyst for creating meaningful change? Are you ready to join a committed team dedicated to giving children and young people a voice […]

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children, reflections from my Ambassadors 

20 May 2024

Last week I joined the National Children’s Bureau who hosted the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Parliament. The aim of the APPG was to ask how the next Government will prioritise the issues that matter to young people. One of the key themes to come out of the APPG focused on how children and […]

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A global citizen: transforming health care for children in Australia

17 May 2024

The Children’s Commissioner recently visited Australia to meet international colleagues working to protect children worldwide. Children are passionate about global and intergenerational issues, such as climate change, inequality and information sharing through social media and the internet. The visit was part of the office’s commitment in this year’s business plan to exploring what we can […]

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Statement from the Children’s Commissioner on new RHSE proposals

16 May 2024

As Children’s Commissioner, children have told me they want high quality relationships and sex education that teaches them about the themes and subjects affecting their lives.  As a former teacher and headteacher I know children will seek answers to their questions, and my research has shown that children are increasingly seeing – or even seeking […]

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Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system

24 December 2019

“I feel like a parcel getting moved around all the time, getting opened up and sent back and moved on to somewhere else.” Teenage girl, in care over 100 miles from home There are over 30,000 looked after children living ‘out of area’ in England. This is 41% of all children in care and has […]

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Thousands of children in care passed around the system like parcels and living miles away from family and friends

Shining a light on the experiences of children in care who are moved ‘out of area’ – away from their home boroughs where family and friends live.

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29 November 2019

Sign up to receive our latest vacancies by email We will send you an email each Friday if we publish any new vacancies during that week. If we don’t publish any new vacancies, you won’t get an email. Email address Email preferences As well as receiving our latest vacancies, you can also receive our regular […]

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Marking 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with call on political parties to put the spotlight on children during election campaign

5 November 2019

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is calling on the political parties fighting the General Election to put the spotlight on children’s issues, as she joins the Children’s Commissioners for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in publishing an assessment of the UK’s progress on children’s rights. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the UN […]

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UK Children’s Commissioners’ UNCRC mid-term review

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark agreement by governments around the world on the rights of children. As Children’s Commissioners it is central to our mission to make sure that those rights are made a reality for all children. The United Nations […]

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Response to the Home and Foreign Secretaries regarding British children in Syria

Earlier this year Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, wrote to the Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary regarding the safety and welfare of British children who have become involved in the conflict in Syria. The following is the Children Commissioner for England’s latest response to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office […]

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Nurture with nature: Why environmental engagement is imperative for children

4 November 2019

We know that the health of the environment is one of children’s greatest concerns, as outlined in Issue 1 of our Children’s Insights reports. The word ‘environment’ is likely to stir a very different reaction amongst children than it used to. Many children face the incompatible situation of a lifestyle divorced from nature, and mounting […]

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EU children in Britain

29 October 2019

This page was published in 2019 and may contain out of date information.  Know your rights to stay in Britain 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 […]

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Children’s insights

This is the first issue in our regular series of insights into the views and experiences of children in England.

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Changes to gambling laws needed as our report into online gaming reveals children’s gambling fears

22 October 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a report, “Gaming the system’’ which looks at the experiences of children who play games online. The Children’s Commissioner’s Office commissioned the research company Revealing Reality to speak to groups of children who play online games like FIFA, Fortnite and Roblox about what they love and what […]

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