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Dame Rachel de Souza begins her term as Children’s Commissioner for England

Dame Rachel de Souza has begun her term as Children's Commissioner for England in succession to Anne Longfield. In a blog piece on the Children's Commissioner's website, she says:

"When I hand over in six years' time, I want to look back at six years in which adults in power in this country have done even more for children than the post-war generation. I want to see not just a golden age of policy-making, but a golden age of delivery. That is how I saw my role in schools and that is how I see my role now: to deliver.

"We know the challenges – the human cost of the pandemic; the bereavement; rising rates of domestic abuse; vulnerable children; estrangement; children in care or specialist units; children with SEND; a mental health epidemic; social inequality; regional inequality; rising unemployment; economic restructuring. recession; the conflicts between more austerity and a reduction in public services, and more debt which could be passed on to our children; access to further education; access to opportunity. The list is long, and in every particular, children's futures are on the line.

"The question I intend to put before the adults of 2021 is: what are we going to do about these things? I have a lot to learn myself, so in the early months of my tenure, I will be listening to the whole sector on all these points. In particular, I want to hear previously unheard voices, from minority or vulnerable groups of course, but also from the child whose identity may fall between definitions which might confer a particular need or disadvantage. During my tenure, I want my work to improve the chances of every single child, whatever their early standing in life, wherever they are, from the inner city to the most remote corner of every county in England."

For the full article, click here.

7/3/21