An update from the Children’s Commissioner on the family review
2nd May 2022
An update from the Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza:
"Family is a core pillar of my work as Children’s Commissioner, following ‘The Big Ask’ survey, which demonstrated how important families are to children.
Children explained how having a supportive family has a positive impact on their lives, from receiving emotional support, to being able to talk with family members about their worries and aspirations for the future. I have been commissioned by government to undertake a review of family life across the country.
The family review will seek to understand the composition of the modern family. It will explore whether the needs of children are understood in the provision of services to families, and how we can improve children’s outcomes by developing the way public services understand the needs of families as a unit.
Capturing children’s voices is key to this review. That is why I am launching my call for action, and asking schools for their help. Please encourage the children you teach to complete the questions on the Children’s Commissioner website, and to share their view on family life. The answers will help us understand what children think of family life and help inform our work”.