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The Children’s Commissioner strongly welcomes the Victims and Prisoners Bill, which is a critical opportunity to
strengthen children’s rights to safety and justice. Child victims are among the most vulnerable – too often
excluded from a justice process designed with adults in mind, and overlooked when it comes to specialist support
to recover.

While it is the ultimate ambition of the Commissioner to prevent any child from becoming a victim of
crime, since we are sadly still far from this reality, it is critical that this Bill paves the way for a transformation in
our response to child victims – ensuring children get what they need to heal and thrive after harm. Please read my full briefing here.