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Changes to SEND duties

12 May 2020

Modification of Section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014 What is the change? Section 42 conferred an absolute duty on local authorities to deliver the special educational and healthcare provision set out in a child’s EHCP. After changes made through the Coronavirus Act, local authorities will now be deemed to have met this […]


Ensuring new families recieve the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic

7 May 2020

Lockdown has changed all of our lives in so many different ways. But if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed it is that babies are still being born, including of course a new arrival in Downing Street. In England 1,688 babies are born every day.This means that 76,000 babies will already have been born during […]

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Lockdown babies

Children born during the coronavirus crisis


Lockdown experiences: Leaving school and preparing for college

6 May 2020

As part of our lockdown experiences series, we are talking with children and those working with children about how the current lockdown is affecting them. Ayra, 16, has written a blog for us about what lockdown has been like for her. My lockdown experience has been very varied. When we were told that schools were closing and […]

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Teachers will play a frontline role in getting our children back up to speed with their education

I hope one of the positives to emerge from the national lockdown will be a greater appreciation for those people who work on the frontline of our public services – the care workers, the social workers and of course the NHS staff. All of them have kept this country going during an unprecedented time. The […]

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Lockdown experiences: How it’s affecting children and social workers

1 May 2020

We are talking with children and also those working with children about how the lockdown is affecting them. We asked Rowan, aged 10 to tell us about life in lockdown. Here’s what he said. After lockdown began, my life became a little more stressful. I was delivered my new bed though, so that’s a plus. […]

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Statement on changes to regulations affecting children’s social care

30 April 2020

Statement by the Children’s Commissioner for England On Friday 24th April the ‘Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ came into force, and are not due to expire until 25th September. These regulations make significant temporary changes to the protections given in law to some of the most vulnerable children in the country – those […]


Local vulnerability profiles

29 April 2020

Data providing a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those groups


Children’s Commissioner for England creates local area profiles of child vulnerability during Covid-19

25 April 2020

Analysis of the extent of child vulnerability around the country, much of which is hidden from sight under lockdown.

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We’re all in this together?

The essential public health measures that have been taken to stop the spread of Covid-19 have affected everyone in the country, and many families are struggling with additional financial and social pressures. But there are some children, who before this crisis were already vulnerable or living in precarious situations, who are facing particular hardship. These […]


Lockdown experiences: Children in foster care

23 April 2020

We are speaking with children to find out their first hand experiences of the coronavirus lockdown. Below, we have spoken to Libby, 17 and Hannah, 15, about how they’re finding living in lockdown while being in foster care. Here is what they have shared with us: Libby, aged 17, is living with her foster carers. […]

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Freedom of information policy

22 April 2020

The Children’s Commissioner’s Office is committed to complying with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and any related legislation, which is, applicable. This policy applies to all the information we hold – that is all information created, received, and maintained by our staff in the course of their work.

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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 […]


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


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