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Far less than they deserve

20 May 2019

Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals This report shows how too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily – in some cases are spending months and years of their childhood in institutions when they should be in their community. It warns that the current system of support for […]


Who are they? Where are they?

16 May 2019

Children locked up At any given time almost fifteen hundred children in England are ‘locked up’ in secure children’s homes, secure training centre, young offenders institutions, mental health wards and other residential placements, either for their own safety or the safety of others. These are some of the most vulnerable children in the country who, […]


Exclusions from mainstream schools

7 May 2019

We have long been concerned with the high numbers of children being excluded from mainstream schools, including those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). A recent report from IPPR, Making the Difference, argued that alongside the growing number of official exclusions, there are also significant issues with how unofficial exclusions are being used by […]


Early access to mental health support

10 April 2019

This report illustrates the findings of a data collection exercise to understand spending on low-level mental health services across England.


UK NPM submission to the 66th session of the Committee against Torture

8 April 2019

United Kingdom National Preventive Mechanism submission to the 66th session of the Committee against Torture


Keeping kids safe

28 February 2019

Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation


Evidence submitted to the HCLG Select Committee Inquiry into funding and provision of children’s services

25 February 2019

Evidence submitted to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into funding and provision of children’s services


Skipping school: Invisible children

4 February 2019

How children disappear from England’s schools


Children’s mental health briefing

22 November 2018

A briefing by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England


Who knows what about me?

8 November 2018

A report on the data collected about children and how it might shape their lives.


Pre-Budget Briefing Autumn 2018

27 October 2018

Anne has written to the Chancellor ahead of Monday’s Budget to urge a family and child-friendly focus to spending. This is the briefing that we have sent to accompany our letter to the Chancellor, spelling out how money is currently being spent on children and what more we’d like done.


Estimating the number of vulnerable babies

17 October 2018

A rapid data review on groups of vulnerable babies aged under 1.