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My goal for the pillar of the office’s work on ‘Community’ is that, whether online or in their communities, they have safe places to play and grow up, and have confidence in the adults whose job it is to protect them. 

Last year (2022-23), the office delivered a huge amount of work aimed at helping children feel safe, online and offline – and at shining a light on the areas where this is not happening. You can read more about that here.  

This included our in-depth work on maintaining family relationships in youth custody, and children’s access to pornography, and most recently on strip searches of children by the police – the response to this piece of work in particular was enormous, with its shocking findings being picked up by MPs and Peers in Parliament as a subject of important debate. I’m grateful for these interventions which helped widen its reach, ensuring children’s experiences cannot be overlooked or ignored. 

In the coming year, I am excited about the new work that we will deliver to help children feel safe and connected, as laid out in my Business Plan for 2023-24. 

My priorities for this year are: 

My aim for the year ahead is for children to feel their voices and views are being heard at the very top of policy making and in political debate.  

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