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The Children’s Commissioner’s submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

December 1, 2022

‘The fact that some adults don’t believe in children’s rights, and we have those rights, so we need the Government to speak about rights for kids so that we have a life of some sort of freedom. And that we have respect for adults so adults should have at least some respect for kids around […]


What children need from an integrated alternative provision system

November 29, 2022

In The Big Ask, the largest survey of its kind in the world, over 500,000 children told me how much they love school.[i] They love learning. The pandemic re-set the relationship between children and school. After a tough two years of mainly online learning, children missed their teachers, their friends, their activities, and real classroom learning. […]


Beyond the Labels: A SEND system which works for every child, every time

November 14, 2022

Foreword by Dame Rachel de Souza “People with disabilities are very intelligent in their own way, we all have a voice if it’s by iPad or by mobile phone or eye gaze or a communication book” – Boy, 17, The Big Ask. This paper is dedicated to all children growing up in England with additional […]


Help at Hand Annual Report and Review

November 2, 2022

As Children’s Commissioner, I am proud to run a support and advice service for children in care, open to children’s services or accommodated by the state in another way (such as in hospital or custody) and care leavers. This service – Help at Hand – is for children at their most acute moments of need. […]


Conversations with care leavers: Relationships in the care system podcast

October 27, 2022

As Children’s Commissioner, the heart of my role involves listening to children making sure their voices are heard by policymakers and Government – with a particular focus on children and young people with care experience. When I speak to children in care and care leavers the thing that comes out most strongly is relationships – […]


Vision for care leavers

October 24, 2022

This report sets out our vision for care leavers and provides clear recommendations to achieve this vision.


Vision for childcare

October 12, 2022

Our vision for delivering world class childcare and early education for every child and family.


Digital childhoods: a survey of children and parents

September 29, 2022

This report presents findings from a survey of children and their parents about online safety.


Family and its protective effect: Part 1 of the Independent Family Review

September 1, 2022

This Review draws on brand new research across all families and children in England to show what modern family life looks like, how its changed over time and how it’s been impacted by the pandemic.


Strip search of children by the Metropolitan Police Service – new analysis by the Children’s Commissioner for England

August 8, 2022

This report details the practice regarding the strip searching of children during stop and searches between 2018 and 2020 (with some limited data for 2021) using Metropolitan Police data that I requested using my powers under the Children and Families Act 2014.


Reforming children’s homes: a policy plan of action

July 28, 2022

This policy paper looks at what children’s homes need to provide, from the perspective of the child, setting out a minimum set of expectations for every child living in a children’s home.


Back into school: New insights into school absence – evidence from three multi-academy trusts

July 14, 2022

This report shows how important the first few days of a new term are for ensuring good attendance.