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Education Committee endorses Anne Longfield’s candidacy as new Children’s Commissioner

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has endorsed the candidacy of Anne Longfield as the new Children's Commissioner for England.

Maggie Atkinson's term as Children's Commissioner for England will end on 28 February 2015.

The Committee held a pre-appointment hearing with the preferred candidate to replace her, Anne Longfield, this week.

Anne Longfield OBE is the Chief Executive of 4Children, a charity which runs a national network of approximately 100 Sure Start Children's Centres offering joined up support for children and families; nurseries and out of school clubs, support for young people including youth activities at RAF bases and family support for troubled families. She has worked in the field of children and family policy and services for over 30 years and has written and led numerous campaigns, research and publications, including a number of high profile inquiries and Commissions which influence and shape the policy agenda for children and families across Parliament and government. She has also worked on a number of high profile children and family programmes including a period at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit at the Cabinet Office.

Ms Longfield played a leading role in the development of the Early Intervention Foundation of which she is now a trustee. She received the OBE in recognition of her contribution in the millennium honours and gained the Freedom of the City of London in 2013 for services to children in the capital.

The appointment of a new Children's Commissioner is due to be made later this month.

The Education Committee's report, which includes Ms Longfield's CV, is here.