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Anne Longfield: Children must be at the heart of “building back better”

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n488 (Published 18 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n488
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

In her final speech after six years in post, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, challenged the prime minister to put children at the centre of his post-covid plans

“It’s impossible to overstate how damaging the past year has been for many children—particularly those who were already disadvantaged. Covid is the biggest challenge to our society in 70 years. But also an opportunity to reflect and rebuild.

“My office has produced new data linking educational and social care data, and showing how they combine to determine a child’s GCSE results.

“A child who is not in poverty, does not have special educational needs, and has not been involved with children’s social care, …

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