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New Children’s Commissioner for England outlines her priorities

Anne Longfield OBE starts six year term

Anne Longfield OBE, who started as the new Children's Commissioner for England on 2 March, has identified her immediate priorities as:

As Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield is tasked in law with promoting and protecting their rights, with a particular focus on children who are in care, who receive social care services, or who live away from home for other reasons.

The new Children's Commissioner is an expert in children and family policy and services and has led ground-breaking campaigns and research in this area, including high profile inquires and Commissions which have shaped Government approaches to children and families. She has been Chief Executive of the charity 4Children for 20 years, growing it to run a national network of nearly 100 Sure Start Children's Centres. She is a passionate champion of early intervention and received an OBE in recognition of her contribution in the millennium honours. She gained the Freedom of the City of London in 2013 for services to children in the capital.

Anne Longfield said:

"It is a privilege to have been appointed to work on behalf of England's children, and I am determined to use my six years to make a real difference.

"I will spend my six year term as Children's Commissioner stretching every sinew to improve the lives of children - listening to what children and young people tell me and bringing their concerns to the table.

"The majority of children are flourishing and are destined to continue to do so. But there are still far too many who face severe disadvantages and sadly abuse or neglect, who are discriminated against for some reason or who simply who do not get a fair start in life because their parents or carers cannot afford to provide them with one. I will work on their behalf, championing their rights throughout the country.

"In 6 years time I would like the country to feel proud of the changes it has made to improve the lives of children."