The Big Summer Survey

We want to hear from children and young people about family in #TheBigSummerSurvey

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in The Big Summer Survey! The survey is now closed and we look forward to sharing the findings with you later this year. You can find out more about the Children’s Commissioner’s Independent Family Review here.


Welcome to The Big Summer Survey, a unique opportunity for children aged 7 – 17 to take part in the Family Review by sharing their experiences of their summer holidays and the time they spent with their family. 

Over the past 6 months the Children’s Commissioner has been talking to children and their families about family life, what family means, and who they consider part of their family. Importantly she has found out just how much family means to children and young people and is looking at what can be done to enhance family life.  

In our short video the Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza shares there is two weeks left to take part in The Big Summer Survey!

The Big Summer Survey is a fun activity to start off the new school term, spark conversations about the holidays and for children and young people to have their voices heard! 

In our short video Dame Rachel de Souza shares why she wants to hear from you and talks to children and young people about what family means to them.


Make The Big Summer Survey part of an engaging lesson with our customisable presentation.

Download the presentation here

FAQs for schools

For teachers and parents/carers and children, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The Big Summer Survey.

Download the FAQs for schools here

Download the FAQs for children here

Survey in word document form

We’ve created a word version of the questionnaire for reference. Please note we are unable to receive completed paper copies of the survey.

Download the word version of the questions in The Big Summer Survey here

Suggested tweets and poster for schools

We’ve created some suggested tweets, and share a poster you can put up in school.

Download the suggested tweets here and you can save this image to use as a poster

Family Review

As part of Inclusive Britain – the Government’s response to the 2021 Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities – the Children’s Commissioner was asked to undertake an Independent Review into family life.

The Children’s Commissioner has now published ‘Family and its protective effect’: Part 1 of the Independent Family Review, which paints a unique and comprehensive picture of family life today. It focuses on what families look like in modern Britain, defines for the first time what exactly is protective about them, and looks at the unique experiences of children for whom the state is their parent.

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