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Conversation with Shammi Rahman: The importance of Religious Education

3 February 2023

As Children’s Commissioner for England, I dedicate my time to listening to children and making sure their voices are heard by policymakers across Government. That’s why I was really excited to take part in this podcast, as a previous RE teacher and headteacher, first in Luton and then in Norwich.  It was great to speak […]


Children’s Voices: Views on family from students at Ark Boulton Academy

14 December 2022

As part of my independent Family Review – a Review into contemporary family life commissioned by Government – I visited Ark Boulton Academy. I wanted to hear from looked after children and children in temporary housing their thoughts on what is good about family, what issues there might be and how they think Government should […]


Conversations with care leavers: Relationships in the care system podcast

27 October 2022

As Children’s Commissioner, the heart of my role involves listening to children making sure their voices are heard by policymakers and Government – with a particular focus on children and young people with care experience. When I speak to children in care and care leavers the thing that comes out most strongly is relationships – […]


Talking about Attendance

25 May 2022

Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England visited Newman Catholic College in North London to talk to a group of pupils who have had difficulties with attendance in the past and who have started tackling being in school with the help of the school and it’s staff. She discusses what the problems were, what […]


Children’s voices: Back to school

12 January 2022

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, talks to students about coming back to school this January. They discuss what it is like being back with restrictions in place, their concerns coming back after Christmas and why school is where they should, and want, to be. Students also share their future career aspirations, […]