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The importance of Independent Visitors for children in care  

19 January 2024

As Children’s Commissioner it is my mission to make sure that every child living away from home in care can have safe, stable and loving relationships, and for them to have someone to turn to for advice and support. For children in care, who have often experienced complex trauma and instability in their early lives, […]


Children’s Commissioner’s Ambassadors Programme

18 January 2024

As Children’s Commissioner for England I’m excited to introduce you to 16 really amazing young people from all over England who applied to be part of my Ambassadors Programme to work with me ahead of the next general election. My Ambassadors have been chosen for their personal experiences and for their passion to try to […]


Taking a whole family approach to supporting disabled children

12 January 2024

It has been a huge honour of mine to work with disabled children and young people to develop the report “We all have a voice”: Disabled children’s vision for change. A striking theme to emerge from the research is children’s concern for their parents, carers, and families. Children’s testimonies reveal the immense pressure the system […]


Ensuring smooth transitions for disabled children

11 January 2024

There are many life transitions which are unique to children, like starting school, moving from primary to secondary school, and entering adulthood. For some disabled children, transitions may be distinct from and occur at different times to most children. This may include moving from mainstream to specialist services; from living with their family to residential […]


Tips for parents whose children are struggling to attend school

9 January 2024

Sarah is Safeguarding Manager at School-Home Support and previously worked as a primary school teacher and Deputy Headteacher. This week, thousands of children will be returning to school after the Christmas break. Going back to school will be an exciting time for some children, who will be looking forward to seeing their friends and getting […]


Digital playgrounds – Children’s views on gaming

8 January 2024

Part of the statutory role of the Children’s Commissioner is to consider the views and interests of children. Both are important parts of my role, but sometimes they can be in competition. Listening to children is a principle I hold incredibly tight, but I can see that listening uncritically to children’s views on certain issues […]


Digital playgrounds: Children’s views on video gaming

“We all want to have fun and have a lot of free time to have and also have video games.” – Boy, 13, The Big Ask.  Today I’m publishing some children’s voices on video games.  Part of the statutory role of the Children’s Commissioner is to consider the views and interests of children. Both are […]


A look back on Help at Hand in 2023

3 January 2024

Help at Hand is the Children’s Commissioner’s advice and assistance service for children who are in care, leaving care, working with social services or living away from home. Children and their advocates can get in touch with Help at Hand via the freephone telephone line, website or email.  As we look forward to 2024, we […]


Why focusing on families matters in Alternative Provision

2 January 2024

In this blog, Brenda McHugh, co-founder of the Pears Family School and Consultant Psychotherapist (Inclusion and Specialist Help in Schools) at Anna Freud, tells us about the importance of a family-centric approach to Alternative Provision. For the past 10 years, the Pears Family School has been doing something really innovative – but also incredibly simple […]


Girls and Alternative Provision – reframing the narrative

29 December 2023

This guest blog for the Children’s Commissioner’s office was written by Dawn Dance, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, and an educational and child psychologist. In 2022, I published my doctoral thesis on girls who experience exclusionary practices in their school and are moved to state-funded alternative provision settings, or ‘AP’ for short. APs […]


Football Beyond Borders: Transforming the lives of young people

28 December 2023

Football Beyond Borders (FBB) is an education and social inclusion charity using the power of football to transform the lives of young people. In October, Dame Rachel de Souza visited the FBB programme at Manchester Enterprise Academy. In this blog, their Senior Policy Manager, James Reeves, tells us more about their work. For children and […]


Guest blog: attending the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

27 December 2023

Earlier this year, Charlotte, a student at King’s Maths School in London, attended a selection camp for the UK team for the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Poland. In this blog, she tells us about her experience. Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by the universe – by the […]


Archived Content

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]