Anne Longfield appointed as new Children’s Commissioner for England

The DFE is reporting that Nicky Morgan has announced the appointment Anne Longfield OBE as the next Children’s Commissioner for England…

Ms Longfield, chief executive of 4Children – a national charity which works to support children, young people and families – will take up her post on 1 March 2015…

Anne Longfield OBE will replace the current Children’s Commissioner for England Maggie Atkinson, who has held the post since 2010.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

I am delighted to appoint Anne to the role, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Maggie for all her hard work over the last 4 years.

Anne has shown relentless dedication and drive to improving the lives of children and young people during a career spanning over 30 years, and I know she shares my commitment to championing children’s rights and safeguarding their interests – particularly the most vulnerable…

Anne Longfield OBE said:

I am delighted and hugely privileged to have been appointed as the next Children’s Commissioner for England.

It’s a vitally important role with the potential to make a real difference for children in this country – especially for those vulnerable children who need our protection and support the most.

I very much look forward to taking up the post next year.

Anne Longfield OBE has enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished career in the voluntary sector, including spearheading and leading on a number of high-profile campaigns, commissions and inquiries which have helped improve support for children and families. She has also spent time in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit at the Cabinet Office.

She has been chief executive for 4Children for more than 20 years and received the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to children’s services in the millennium honours. She also gained the Freedom of the City of London in 2013 for services to children in the capital…

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