Children’s Commissioner for England visits us in Lancashire

Simon Rothwell team leader, Anne Longfield CC, Tasha - YP from LCC Participation network, Brogen - Addaction YP, Alex - Addaction YP, Paula Harrison, Service Manager, Darren Mansfield Addaction YP Worker

The Children’s Commissioner for England paid a visit to Young Addaction Lancashire this month, getting to know our work and how we support young people.

Anne Longfield OBE spent time at our service in Preston, learning about our innovative projects for young people,

She was particularly interested to hear about Mind and Body, a programme for students who are vulnerable to self-harming behaviours. The early intervention programme is designed to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing amongst young people who may be coping with low self-esteem, anxiety, body image issues and low mood.

Anne chatted with Brogen and Alex about their experiences of Addaction – they were very complementary, especially about their key worker Darren Mansfield.

Anne also presented Brogen with a laptop for college, which has been funded by Lancashire County Council’s small grants for young people’s services.

The duties of the Children’s Commissioner are to promote and protect children’s rights. The role exists to improve the lives of all children and young people by ensuring that their rights are respected, and that their views are taken seriously.

Children's Commissioner and Brogen, holding a laptop bag