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Corporate governance

21 April 2020

Find our annual review and business plans, as well as corporate documents regarding regulation and transparency including our advisory board.

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Lockdown experiences: What being in isolation is like for children

We have spoken to Michael, 5 and Indie, 14, while Laura and Nic, both 11, have written about what being in isolation has been like for them. Here is what they have shared with us: Michael aged 5 explains what lockdown means to him. “We have to stay at home because of the virus. It’s […]

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Personal data collected for research purposes

17 April 2020

Information on how we collect non-identifiable data on children in order to produce up-to-date evidence on the lives, experiences, views and outcomes of children.

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Website privacy policy

Information about the information which is collected from you when using our website.

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What is socially distanced child protection and can it work?

16 April 2020

Covid-19 has turned the world of child protection upside down, with children out of school and out of sight. Sadly, for many children, home can be a frightening place. Social workers are there to find and help these children, but they too are grappling with how to safeguard during lockdown and social distancing. Social work […]

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Help at Hand privacy policy

15 April 2020

How we manage your data and your rights when you get in touch with the Help at Hand team.

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Digital 5 a day: practical steps to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet while socially isolating

8 April 2020

With children now staying at home to protect themselves and others from coronavirus, digital technology is playing a bigger role than ever before in helping them to learn, play, and stay connected to each other and family members. Our digital 5 a day guide is a useful framework to help children get the most from […]

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Digital safety and wellbeing kit

How you and your children can stay safe online and ensure a good screen time balance.

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“Angry, fed up, isolated”: Coronavirus and children’s mental health

3 April 2020

“I feel so alone with my depression being with my friends help and I’m so isolated I stay in my room no idea when I will get to go back to school or see my friends so yes I’m extremely stressed out over this” 14 year old girl Children are no less affected by the […]

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Children, domestic abuse and coronavirus

2 April 2020

A policy briefing on domestic abuse and it’s effects on children particularly during the coronavirus pandemic

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We need an army of volunteers for vulnerable children

1 April 2020

“One thing I think the coronavirus has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society.” So said the Prime Minister from his self-isolation earlier this week, reminding us of the still controversial Margaret Thatcher quote about the nature of communities and the state. I agree with the Prime Minister that this […]

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Childhood in 2020

31 March 2020

What matters most to children today? What makes them feel good? What do they worry about? These are the questions we asked young people across England over the last few months. Their answers – about what’s good, what’s not so good and what needs to change – help us plan our work for the coming […]

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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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