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Green Careers: Children’s big ambitions for a greener future 

1 December 2023

As the second day of COP28 begins in Dubai, attended by delegates from all over the world, I am excited to announce an exciting new resource for young people that will be launched next week!  To mark COP28 and to help children connect their desire to help the environment with the skills necessary for a […]


Ensuring children’s voices are heard in the climate debate

30 November 2023

Today marks the first day of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (or by its much shorter name, COP28). The conference is being held in Expo City, Dubai until 12 December 2023 and is attended by delegates from all over the world.  This year, COP28 brings the world together at a critical moment for […]


Unaccompanied children in need of care

29 November 2023

As Children’s Commissioner, I have a duty to promote and protect the rights of all children. But I have a particular duty, and feel a profound responsibility, towards those who are not living with their own families. This includes the children who have arrived here unaccompanied, fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. The […]


Connecting the dots – the importance of sharing data on children and families

28 November 2023

As Children’s Commissioner, I have seen how important good and consistent data sharing is for improving children’s outcomes in life. But sadly, too often children fall through the gaps due to a lack of knowledge sharing between children’s services.   This was most apparent earlier this year, when I conducted regional roundtables in areas with […]


Children’s Commissioner’s briefing on the Victims and Prisoner’s Bill

27 November 2023

The Children’s Commissioner strongly welcomes the Victims and Prisoners Bill, which is a critical opportunity tostrengthen children’s rights to safety and justice. Child victims are among the most vulnerable – too oftenexcluded from a justice process designed with adults in mind, and overlooked when it comes to specialist supportto recover. While it is the ultimate […]


The importance of health and well-being to children and young people

Children want to grow up feeling happy, healthy and well. In my last big survey, The Big Ask, in 2021, children spoke about wanting good physical health, and younger children in particular spoke about wanting to live healthy lives. I am now going round the country again asking them what they want politicians to prioritise […]


Why homeless 16 and 17 year olds don’t get the care they need

23 November 2023

Last week I published my report ‘Homeless 16- and 17-year-olds in need of care’ where I set out that every child deserves a safe and loving home – either with their own family or, if that is not possible, in a stable, caring alternative. As Children’s Commissioner, I have heard from children across the country, […]


New statistics on looked-after children

21 November 2023

Most commonly, children are taken in care because they are experiencing or are at risk of abuse or neglect. These children share the same hopes and dreams as their peers. I want all children in care to be supported to achieve these in the same way as any other children – a loving, stable home, […]


Celebrating World Children’s Day

20 November 2023

Today is World’s Children’s Day, a chance to celebrate children across the country and to raise awareness about the importance of upholding children’s rights.  We should all take this moment to reflect on how we are upholding children’s rights and why it is paramount that we do so. Children themselves recognise the need for the […]


Homeless 16- and 17-year olds in need of care

16 November 2023

Every child deserves a safe and loving home – either with their own family or, if that is not possible, in a stable, caring alternative. As Children’s Commissioner, I have heard from children across the country, including in my recent independent Family Review about just how central a loving home is for every child to […]


Help at Hand annual report 2023

14 November 2023

As the Children’s Commissioner for England, my statutory duty, as set out in the Children Act 2004, is to promote and protect the rights of all children, with particular regard to children who are living away from home or receiving social care services. In 2014, under section 2D of Act, the Commissioner’s powers were extended […]


Protecting children from serious violence 

13 November 2023

‘I think in certain areas we ain’t provided with lots to do and that makes kids fend for their own type of fun and most of us just end up hanging out on the street. This causes knife crime and stuff like that’ – Girl, aged 14 (The Big Ask).  Recent months have been heavy […]


Archived Content

Thousands of children growing up in shipping containers, office blocks and B&Bs

21 August 2019

The terrible reality of how some children are living in converted shipping containers and office blocks, and B&Bs, in cramped conditions

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Insights into the lives of children and young people

19 August 2019

This blog looks at 3 recent studies that provide interesting insights about the lives and views of children.

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Leon Feinstein appointed Professor at the Rees Centre

14 August 2019

Professor Leon Feinstein has been appointed to the post of Professor of Education and Children’s Social Care at the Rees Centre.

Leon Feinstein

The Government should finally make ‘left behind’ children its priority

2 August 2019

Boris Johnson has this week established three new cabinet committees on Brexit, and one on the whole of the domestic policy agenda. This is a clear indication of the dominance of this one issue for our new Prime Minister. During the leadership election I gave a speech to launch our 3rd Childhood Vulnerability Report where […]


Stability Index 2019

1 August 2019

The Stability Index is an annual measure of the stability of the lives of children in care. It was first launched by the Children’s Commissioner in 2017 to shine a light on the issue of stability, provide data that allows stability to be monitored over time, and ultimately drive improvements in stability for children in […]


Explosion in number of older children going into care over last five years is hitting stability of the system

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published the Children’s Commissioner’s 2019 Stability Index, an annual measure of the stability of the lives of children in care in England. The Index was launched in 2017 and shines a light on the number of times children in care move home placement, school or social worker.  […]


Children’s Voices: Children’s experiences of instability in the care system

‘Children’s Voices: Children’s experiences of instability in the care system’ is published alongside the Children’s Commissioner’s third annual Stability Index, which measures stability in the care system by looking at how often children in care move home, school or social worker over a year. In addition to this data analysis, the Children’s Commissioner’s Office also […]


Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield responds to Home Affairs Select Committee report on serious violence

31 July 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Serious Violence, said: “This hard-hitting report exposes the dangers facing the many thousands of vulnerable children who are at risk of grooming by ruthless criminal gangs. Many of the mistakes that led to failings in child sexual exploitation are now […]


Annual report 2018-19

24 July 2019
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My work experience fortnight at the Children’s Commissioner’s Office

19 July 2019

Before I begin I just like to introduce myself. I’m Jade. I wasn’t sure what skills or talents I could offer, because to my knowledge I don’t have any, but it turns out that being under the age of 18 was a huge advantage, unlike in literally every other setting, so my input was useful. […]