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Dame Rachel de Souza confirmed as new Children’s Commissioner

Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson announces Dame @Rachel_deSouza as the next Children’s Commissioner for England  The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has today (17 Dec) announced Dame Rachel de Souza as the next Children’s Commissioner for England.

Children’s Commissioner launches biggest ever consultation with children in England as part of Beveridge-style report into post-Covid childhood

Dame @Rachel_deSouza and @MarcusRashford MBE call on children and young people to take part in ‘The Big Ask’  Millions of children and young people in England will be given the chance to set their priorities for Children’s Commissioner’s ‘Childhood Commission’.

Anne Longfield’s final speech as Children’s Commissioner challenges the Prime Minister to show he is serious about putting children at the heart of ‘building back better’

Children’s Commissioner for England calls for a new “Covid Covenant” of education and wellbeing support in every community to help children and young people recover from the pandemic

Coronavirus crisis could see a lost generation of vulnerable teenagers falling through gaps in the education and social care systems

@ChildrensComm - 120,000 teens are in danger of slipping out of sight as the country emerges from lockdown  Thousands of teens are at risk of never returning to full time education and are easy prey for criminal gangs

New Children's Commissioner to launch 'The Childhood Commission'

Dame Rachel de Souza (@Rachel_deSouza), Children’s Commissioner (@ChildrensComm) for England, is today (Tuesday) launching a once-in-a-generation review of the future of childhood by the Children’s Commissioner’s Office. ‘The Childhood Commission’ will be inspired by the ambition of William Beveridge’s pioneering 1940s report, which laid the foundations of the post-War social security system. ‘The Childhood Commission’ will identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their full potential, propose policy and services solutions and develop targets by which improvements can be monitored.

Children will keep dying on our streets until there is a joined up public health response to gangs, Children’s Commissioner warns

 Children’s Commissioner’s report reveals how the failure of many local health bodies to recognise serious youth violence as a public health issue and make it a strategic priority means thousands of the most vulnerable children remain at risk of exploitation by violent criminal gangs. Anne Longfield says 120,000 children, one in 25 of all teens in England, are already falling through gaps in education and social care and are at greater risk of exploitation – a number that is likely to increase in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. The report argues that the vast majority of local authorities still do not have a sufficient grip on the drivers for youth violence in their areas, nor do they have a cogent strategy to reduce risk factors in vulnerable children. Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Saturday) publishing a report assessing how effectively existing infrastructure within local authorities is being used to deliver a public health approach to preventing gang involvement and youth violence. The Children’s Commissioner concludes that two years on from her last report into this issue and a year after the Prime Minister promised to “cut the head off the snake” of county lines, thousands of children are still not being kept safe.

The Children’s Commissioner annual report finds 1 in 6 children estimated to have a probable mental health condition!

Damage to children’s mental health caused by Covid crisis could last for years without a large-scale increase for children’s mental health services, @ChildrensComm warns  Children’s Commissioner’s annual report into the state of children’s mental health services in England shows improvements but a system still not helping hundreds of thousands of children. With 1 in 6 children estimated to have a probable mental health condition, the Children’s Commissioner calls for a major recovery programme for including an NHS-funded counsellor is every school in England and online wellbeing support.  Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Thursday) publishing her fourth annual report on the state of children’s mental health services in England. The analysis examines the progress that has been made over the past five years as well as looking at the impact the Covid crisis has had on children’s mental health. 

Damage to children’s mental health caused by Covid crisis could last for years without a large-scale increase for children’s mental health services, Children’s Commissioner warns

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner (@ChildrensComm) for England, is today (Thursday) publishing her fourth annual report on the state of children’s mental health services in England.

Politicians must not be scared to take child poverty out of the ‘too difficult box’ and come up with a big, bold plan to fix it – Children’s Commissioner for England

 Children’s Commissioner for England publishes a cross-party call from top politicians and researchers for an over-arching national plan to tackle the blight of child poverty. The collection shows there are no easy fixes in tackling children poverty but argues Government could both help families and stop poverty determining children’s life chances. Anne Longfield warns we have now reached a ‘tipping point’ where both child poverty is rising and the educational outcomes for children in poverty are getting worse – with Covid accelerating these trends. Anne Longfield argues the scale of challenge means both main parties in recent years have put child poverty in the “too difficult” box. Children’s Commissioner urges Government to make reducing child poverty, and improving the chances for children in poverty, one of defining challenges of the age, alongside decarbonising the economy, providing health and social care to an ageing population and preparing the labour market for automation Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Thursday) publishing a call from a cross-party collection of politicians and campaigners calling for urgent action to tackle the blight of child poverty.

Children’s Commissioner for England calls for radical ‘Scandinavian-style’ reforms to youth justice system

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Tuesday) publishing a report shining a light on the youth justice system in England.

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