Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Children’s commissioner seeks to explore children’s priorities post-COVID

The largest ever consultation undertaken in England has been launched by the children’s commissioner for England.

The ‘Big Ask’, which seeks to explore what children’s priorities are for improving childhood post-COVID, will run from April 19th to May 19th and will form the basis of Dame Rachel de Souza’s ambitious Beveridge-style report due to be published later this year.

Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “It is time to give something back to children after the huge sacrifices they have made during the Covid pandemic. ‘The Big Ask’ will ask millions of children in England to tell us what life is like for them, what their hopes and ambitions are, and what is holding them back.

‘The Big Ask’ will be made available to every school in England, with schools encouraged to use it during classes and assemblies. It will be accompanied by an online assembly introduced by England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford and will also be available via the Oak National Academy.

The survey will be available online until May 19th and available to any child who can access the internet. It will also be made available to organisations and services working with children including schools, youth groups, local authorities, charities who work with children and young people, Children in Care Councils, children’s homes, children’s mental health services, youth justice settings, community groups and others.

The Children’s Commissioner will be running focus groups with different communities and groups of children, which will include talking to parents and carers, to ensure that the experiences of babies and pre-school children are captured. There will also be focus groups for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities or other complex needs.

Rachel de Souza will also be visiting schools to speak with children about their experiences of the pandemic and to hear about their hopes for the future. Schools in Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Norfolk, the Midlands, the South West and London will be included in the children’s commissioner’s tour.

Any answers provided are completely anonymous as the survey does not ask for any directly identifiable information.

Ms de Souza said: “I hope that every parent and carer, every teacher and anyone who works with children will encourage children to take part in this big, exciting opportunity. I want ‘The Big Ask’ to be the biggest survey of children ever carried out in this country so that we can better understand what children want from the people in power and those who make decisions about their lives.

“What children tell us will be at the heart of my Childhood Commission and ‘Beveridge-style’ blueprint for government and others to tackle some of the generational problems that have held back too many children for decades,” she concluded.

The Big Ask is available here.


Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Research to examine impact of online communication with children in care during pandemic

08/05/2021

An investigation into how the move to online communication in supporting children in care has affected them has been launched in a research project led by South Tyneside Council in collaboration with Gateshead-based organisation Blue Cabin.

The project, funded by the Department for Education, will examine how family time has been delivered during lockdown, and how [...]

Read Full Story

Child protection enquiries rise by 125% in a decade

07/05/2021

The number of child protection enquiries to local authority children’s services departments has increased by 125% over the last 10 years, a parliamentary research briefing has shown.

Department for Education (DfE) data on local authority social care activity between 31 March 2010 and 2020 showed an increase in activity across a range of measures including the [...]

Read Full Story

Cafcass launches NQSW programme

06/05/2021

A three-year course for newly qualified social workers has been launched by Cafcass and is now open for applications.

Overseen by the Cafcass Social Work Academy, the programme enables NQSWs to develop their practice in a safe environment. Led by expert social workers, the course supports NQSW’s in their journey, enhance their expertise and ensure [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram