So far more than 400,000 children and young people across England have taken part. However, the response has been highly variable between local authorities. As you can see from this
table, in some areas more than 1 in 20 children and young people have made their voice heard, while in other areas it is less than 1 in 50.
Data suggests that our local area is significantly under-represented in the survey responses. This means that children and young people our area have not been making their voice as heard as much as children and young people in other parts
of the country.
It is critically important that The Big Ask hears from children in all parts of the country. The Children's Commissioner does not want the views of children in Bradford to be missing from the debate about how we move forward post-Covid.
In order to make the survey more representative, she would like to hear from at least 5% of children and young people in every local authority. The survey closes on Friday 28 May, so there is still time to make this happen.
The Children's Commissioner's website includes lots of
resources to help make this an easy for schools to complete during form-time or PSHE activity. She is keen to drive up responses from younger children, and have created a dedicated resources page for primary schools
I do hope you can encourage pupils to take part so that we can hear views on children’s aspirations, priorities and concerns for the future.