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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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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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Moving more to improve mental health: Mental Health Awareness Week and The Big Ambition for Sport roundtable

13 May 2024

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme this year is about getting everyone moving more to improve their mental health. The Children’s Commissioner and her Youth Ambassadors recently hosted a roundtable with the Youth Sport Trust and shared the importance of physical activity to support children’s mental […]

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Nearly a third of children in alternative provision did not sustain a positive destination after Year 11

10 May 2024

As Children’s Commissioner, I have visited hundreds of children from across the country and spoken to them about their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. While many children talk to me about how to improve childhood, they also talk about their visions for the future. Through these conversations, I have seen the sheer scale of ambition this […]

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An Alternative Route: Post-16 support for young people attending Alternative Provision

As Children’s Commissioner, I have visited hundreds of children from across the country and spoken to them about their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. While many children talk to me about how to improve childhood, they also talk about their visions for the future. Through these conversations, I have seen the sheer scale of ambition this […]

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Statement from the Children’s Commissioner on Ofcom’s draft Children’s Code

8 May 2024

I welcome the publication of Ofcom’s draft Children’s Code, and, as a statutory consultee, I will be considering whether its proposed measures meet what children and Parliament have said needs to change. It is my hope that its implementation alongside other protections in the Online Safety Act will mark a significant step forward in the […]

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The Big Ambition for a Better World  

3 May 2024

Compared to previous generations, today’s children are incredibly socially aware and politically engaged. They want to see a fairer, more equitable world, they are active in creating positive change and leaving a lasting impact for future generations to come. This desire for a more just society was one of the strongest messages identified in The […]

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Abuse at Whitefield School – Children’s Commissioner’s response

1 May 2024

The investigation by the BBC into abuse at Whitefield School in Walthamstow is absolutely shocking. I am horrified by the content of the CCTV footage and the scale of what was uncovered. My heart goes out to any child who experienced that and the families who have never been given the full details of what […]

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The Big Ambition for Jobs and Skills  

As Children’s Commissioner, it is my privilege to speak to hundreds of thousands of children about their lives, their hopes and dreams for the future. I want children to be ambitious about their futures as well as about their present – and overwhelmingly, they are. What’s clear is this is an ambitious generation, who want […]

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Statement from the Children’s Commissioner on strengthened strip search proposals

30 April 2024

The Children’s Commissioner for England responds to Home Office proposals to amend Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Codes to strengthen regulation around the use of strip and search powers on children. The Commissioner will be responding to the Government’s proposals in detail as part of the formal consultation. “Since the shocking and avoidable circumstances of […]

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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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