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Commission on Young Lives report published

The Commission on Young Lives report chaired by former Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, was published in December 2021.

The report examines the relationship between being in or in need of care and the risk of exploitation. It also looks within the care system at system failures, shortcomings and how these are being tackled.

In her opening remarks, the former Children's Commissioner describes the "ongoing epidemic of drug-running, grooming and serious youth violence in England", acknowledging that "harmful criminal exploitation is now an ever-present reality of some childhoods". Anne Longfield described the recent government statistics that 13,000 children in England have been identified by social services in the last year as being involved with gangs, as just "the tip of the iceberg".

For more details about the report, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers