All the Children’s Commissioner’s work is driven by what children told us is important to them
At 25 years old I had been through university, started a family and had started my career in management. As the first of my friends to have a child, I was always trying to balance being the father of a household whilst still being young and learning for myself. At 21 I was juggling a full-time university degree, a management job and having a new born son. It was financially very difficult and without the traditional family setting to get help from “mum and dad” I was forced to work even harder to provide for myself which meant working overtime and setting up my own little business projects. By 25 I felt more financially stable but would very much have benefited from a support network around me to guide me through the many hurdles that young adulthood threw at me.