Our 'In conversation with..' series continues this academic year with President Richard Gerver talking to Children's Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza.

Learn how her role sees her promote and protect the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable, and stands up for their views and interests.

Hear her thoughts on School Libraries, her survey of children in England 'The Big Ask' and have a chance to ask her your own questions. 

This event is free for SLA members and will be available as a recording to watch back later.  

Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Dame Rachel de Souza

Speaker Details

Dame Rachel de Souza is the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

 Dame Rachel is a nationally recognised educator and advocate for improving the life chances of disadvantaged children. Before her appointment as Children’s Commissioner, she led two schools from failing to outstanding, before founding and leading the Inspiration Trust, a family of fourteen schools in East Anglia. The Trust was twice ranked as the nation’s top group of comprehensive schools based on pupil progress at GCSE. She was made a Dame in 2014 for services to education. 

 Dame Rachel was appointed Children’s Commissioner in 2021. In this role she has unique legislative powers, is an advocate for children across the country, and represents children’s needs across Government. In role, Dame Rachel has completed the largest-ever survey of children ‘The Big Ask’ with over half-a-million responses. This work led to a commission from Government to look at representing children’s voice in the Online Safety Bill, an ongoing piece of work into driving up Attendance in schools, and she has been asked to complete the Family Review by Government.