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Our letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding free school meals during the Covid-19 pandemic

8 June 2020

The following is a letter from Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding funding for free school meals. I am writing about the Treasury’s decision not to fund free school meals over the summer holidays. As Chancellor, you have announced measures in response to Covid-19 which are, by […]


Lockdown experiences: Children in care and their experiences of education

6 June 2020

Last week, we spoke to 3 young people in care aged 14 to 17. Teresa, Sophie and India are active in their local children in care council. They have been writing newsletters and have prepared ‘lockdown rucksacks’ with activities for children in care so that they don’t feel bored. They have also stayed in contact […]

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Lockdown experiences: Children with autism

5 June 2020

Just after lockdown started we spoke to Ted (10), Robyn (16), Lily (14) and their mum Mandy about how their lives had changed. This week we caught up with them again to hear how they’ve been getting on. Despite being a bit fed up, they’re generally doing fine. But as the mother of three autistic […]

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Children should not bear the burden of the pandemic recession

4 June 2020

The public health response to coronavirus has involved unprecedented restrictions on economic activity in recent months. New analysis from IPPR published today estimates that the crisis has pushed 300,000 children into poverty since the start of the pandemic. This harsh reality, coupled with the prospect of more economic pain to come, means that action has […]

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Covid-19: Bringing young apprentices out of ‘the dark’

2 June 2020

“Just being in the dark, it’s like, none of us know what’s happening… with jobs, with college, with money. It’s just like being off for summer holidays again, not knowing when it’s going to end” male apprentice, age 17 Covid-19 has presented challenges for all apprentices, but the young are bearing the brunt of the […]

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What Covid-19 means for young apprentices

Covid-19 has brought a unique set of difficulties for young apprentices. This group is suffering both from the employment crisis and from complications with the support that they need to learn and progress. 1 in 5 of all apprentices have been made redundant, are on a break in learning or have left their programmes. Evidence […]

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Data protection impact assessment for use of DfE administrative records

1 June 2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has a statutory responsibility to promote and protect the rights of children in England. Part of the Commissioner’s role is to represent the rights and interests of children across government and scrutinise and review government policy or legislation to understand the potential effects on children. The Children’s Commissioner is granted […]

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Children in custody

29 May 2020

Lockdown has brought with it many challenges for us all, not least restrictions on our freedoms. But for children in custody, this time has been particularly hard, as it has curtailed even the very limited freedoms they once had. Some children in custody have been spending all but 40 minutes of the day locked in […]


Lockdown experiences: A group of nine young people told us about their priorities for government

23 May 2020

Guarantee for education, support of disabilities and getting involved – a group of nine young people told us about their priorities for government Last week, we spoke to nine young people aged between 13 and 17 who are members of the same youth parliament. They told us a bit about what they’ve been up to, […]

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Lockdown experiences: A young person’s guide to lockdown and reaching out to young people via social media

A young person’s guide to lockdown and reaching out to young people via social media – suggestions from care experienced young people Last week, we spoke to eleven young people aged 13 to 17 who are in care or have left care. They told us about some of their experiences and suggested a young person’s […]

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Lockdown experiences: young people in children’s homes

22 May 2020

Just as in health care, the resilience of social care services has been tested by Covid-19, as services strive to function as usual against the threats of illness, staff shortages, and increased workloads. This includes residential children’s homes which have had to adapt quickly to the crisis, with support from government guidance as it has […]

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Children and stress, what’s worrying them most

20 May 2020

Many children have talked to us about feeling stressed, and we wanted to find out more about the things that they say stress them out most

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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

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 […]