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The Office of Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner for England is Anne Longfield OBE. She speaks up for children and young people so that policymakers and the people who have an impact on their lives take their views and interests into account when making decisions about them. Independent of Government and Parliament, the Children’s Commissioner has unique powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for all children, particularly the most vulnerable. She does this by first gathering evidence: talking to children and young people, requesting information from public institutions and then carrying out research and compiling information on the wide range of things that affect children’s lives. She is the ‘eyes and ears’ of children in the system and the country as a whole and is expected to carry out her duties ‘without fear or favour’ of Government, children’s agencies, and the voluntary and private sectors. She also provides advice to children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or working with social services through her advice line, Help at Hand. “I want all children to have the brightest future possible. I will advocate for positive change for all children and particularly those who are most disadvantaged.” – Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England.