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The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza, has launched the Big Ask, a survey for children and young people aged 4 to 17. This is the largest ever survey of children in England and will help inform society’s recovery post-pandemic, and the Children’s Commissioner’s agenda for the rest of her term. Young people can tell the Children’s Commissioner what their lives are like, what they want from the future and if there is anything that they think is holding them back.
Currently, only 1.08% of all 4 to 17 year olds in Kent have completed the survey, they are hoping that you are able to share the survey details with children you work with or their parents and other services who can share the information to encourage children and young people to take part. As well as helping to create a national picture of young people’s experiences and hopes post- pandemic, this is a great opportunity for them to learn more about what our young people are thinking too. If Kent achieves at least a 5% response rate, then the Children’s Commissioner should be able to provide them with their own figures on children’s aspirations, priorities and concerns for the future.
There are surveys for different age groups so young people can fill in the version appropriate to their age. There are easy read ‘accessible versions available too. Care Leavers, professionals working with children and parents can also complete versions of the survey to share their views.
You can access the surveys HERE. There are also resources for parents and teachers and a Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more. The survey is open until Friday 28 May 2021.