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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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Data protection policy

We gather, hold, analyse and use substantial amounts of personal data in discharging its functions and are a data controller for that personal data. It is required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (‘DPA’). This document outlines how we seek to ensure compliance with that legislation. […]

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Tackling the disadvantage gap during the Covid-19 crisis

This briefing sets out how this can be avoided – how schools can be supported to adapt to the “new normal” and improve access to meaningful educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

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Business plan 2020-21

21 April 2020

This is my final year as Children’s Commissioner, a post it has been a pleasure and a privilege to hold. We’ve spent the time relentlessly showing government where children are falling through gaps in the system – it’s undeniable that there is a group of kids who are left out of the nation’s progress. They […]

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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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Receive our vacancies by email

29 November 2019

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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 […]