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Over the last three years as Children’s Commissioner, I have heard from more than one million children. I have made it my mission to listen deeply to their views, voices and experiences and reflect these truthfully to policy makers and politicians.

Too many of the children I speak to, but especially those whose voices are captured in The Big Ambition survey, feel invisible to the adults who make decisions in their lives. Just one in five (22%) of those who responded to the survey agreed that the people who run the country listen to what they have to say.

That’s why this election must be one that captures and reflects children’s lived experiences. I want party leaders to commit to listening to these voices and acting on what they are told.

The Big Ambition made clear that children are ambitious, positive and able to offer practical solutions to the barriers they face in their lives. With those in mind, I’ve set a vision for improving childhood that I’m calling on the next government to take forward, covering all aspects of a child’s life.

The Big Ambition for Education  

The Big Ambition for Family 

The Big Ambition for Health 

The Big Ambition for Children’s Social Care  

The Big Ambition for Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum 

The Big Ambition for Safety from Crime 

The Big Ambition for Jobs and Skills 

The Big Ambition for Youth Work  

The Big Ambition for Online Safety  

The Big Ambition for a Better World 


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