The Children’s Commissioner’s ‘Big Ask’ consultation was launched just after the Easter break. Described as a ‘once-in-a-generation review of the future of childhood’, and ‘inspired by William Beveridge’s pioneering 1940s report’, it looks to identify barriers to children achieving their full potential.

The Commission which looks to understand the impact of the pandemic on children’s lives will also address the reasons the long standing areas of concern resulting from policies affecting children. As a result of the consultation the ‘Childhood Commission’ will propose changes in policy and service provision and develop targets for improvements.

The Big Ask is an online survey which will be distributed through schools and advertised in social media and other communication channels.

The survey will be sent to the youth secure estate, children’s home and CAMHS inpatient providers so YOT staff may wish to bring this to the attention of children they support in those settings. The Commission will also hold face to face interviews and focus groups with children who are harder to reach.

The Big Ask runs from 19th April to 19th May and the resultant report will be published later this year.

To read more about the consultation click here