Children’s Commissioner ‘inspired’ after visit to Blackpool to see work done to give young people the best start

The woman whose job it is to advocate for children’s rights and services nationwide has visited key community sites such as Palatine Library, Revoe Park and @TheGrange and reviewed the investment Blackpool Better Start has made in libraries, parks and local open spaces.

She was able to see the work being done to improve the future prospects of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. There was also a panel discussion on trauma-informed approaches that are being implemented across the city.

She said: “I was delighted and inspired by my visit to Blackpool.

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Children's Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza visits the Palatine Library and Revoe Park on a tour of Blackpool.  Pictured from left to right, Sir Peter Wanless CEO of NSPCC, Clare Law director of the Center for Early Child Development, Katie Fisher Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel De Souza and Hannah Connell of NSPCC.
Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza visits the Palatine Library and Revoe Park on a tour of Blackpool. Pictured from left to right, Sir Peter Wanless CEO of NSPCC, Clare Law director of the Center for Early Child Development, Katie Fisher Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel De Souza and Hannah Connell of NSPCC.

“I was very grateful to the half a million children who responded to our Big Ask survey giving us such insight into their hopes for the future, but there is only one thing better and it t is to go out and meet these children face to face and the adults who work with them.

“What impressed me were the innovative partnerships I saw delivering babies and children and the willingness to explore new ways of doing things. Looking to the future, we need to reform and reinvigorate children’s social services, and what I saw in Blackpool could be part of the way to do it.

“In fact, seeing for myself, and especially meeting and talking with children about their day-to-day experiences, is exactly the point of this role. This is why I am so grateful to the half a million children who responded to our ‘Big Ask’ survey in the past few weeks and why I am also very grateful to everyone who made this visit to Blackpool possible.

Clare Law, Director of the Blackpool Center for Early Child Development, said: “This visit provided a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the innovation and vision of Blackpool Better Start by introducing the Children’s Commissioner to families and staff involved in the initiative.

Dame Rachel De Souza with Jamie Herczeg, 2.

“We hope that by sharing our knowledge and learning, the vital work we do in the city will help shape early childhood policy nationwide. “

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The Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza visits the Palatine Library
The Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza visits the Palatine Library

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