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Time for a ‘Nightingale moment’ for England’s children, says watchdog

Exclusive: children’s commissioner calls for mental health support and focus on vulnerable teenagers

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A “Nightingale moment” for children is needed, providing increased funding, extra training for teachers and counsellors in every school, the children’s commissioner for England has said.

Invoking the gargantuan effort taken to build Nightingale hospitals for thousands of Covid patients in a matter of weeks, and the £35bn furlough scheme to save jobs, Anne Longfield said children’s recovery from missing months of school would take up to a year and would have a profound psychological impact.

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