The Birmingham Commission for Children

An independent group of experts, the Birmingham Commission for Children is listening to children’s experiences and exploring children’s lives and well-being in the city, and they want to hear your opinion.

The commissioners will hear from children, parents, communities and leaders in Birmingham before presenting their final report to Birmingham City Council in September. The commission’s work will support strategic reviews in the city, investigating early years support and the council’s relationship with local schools.

Read the terms of reference for the commission.

Thanks for your views

Thank you to all the young people and organisations who submitted call for views. These are now being analysed and will be presented to the commission.

If you have any questions please contact the commission on 0121 212 5599. 

Commission's meetings

The commission has now completed a series of public meetings. Details of the meetings can be found below. The Commission's final report will be publishing in the Autumn.

11 June
Topic: An introduction to Birmingham: Its opportunities and challenges
Read the meeting highlights

26 June
Topic: The relationship between schools, the council and children’s outcomes
Read the meeting highlights

4 July 
Topic: Early years and early intervention in the city
Read the meeting highlights

8 July
Topic: Birmingham’s children and their health and well-being
Read the meeting highlights

15 July 
Topic: The big issues faced by young people and their solutions
Read the meeting highlights

21 July 
Topic: The aspirations of young people in the city
Meeting highlights to come

28 July
Topic: Supporting Birmingham’s children: Communities, partners and leadership
Meeting highlights to come

Who is on the commission? 

Janet Grauberg will chair the Birmingham Commission for Children. Janet was formerly Director of Strategy for Barnardo’s, an Adviser at the Department for Education and Lead Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Camden Council. 

Christine Davies is the former Chief Executive of the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes and is currently a trustee for the Early Intervention Foundation. She led the previous Government’s 'Narrowing the Gap' national programme and was the Director of Children’s Services at Telford & Wrekin Council for ten years.

David Hughes has taught at and led schools in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands.  His interest in science and technology has seen him engage with the Learning and Skills Council and work with many local authorities on school leadership.

Dr Angela Donkin is a Senior Advisor at the Institute of Health Equity.  Before joining the institute Angela was the senior civil servant responsible for overseeing the independent reviews on Early Intervention in the Cabinet Office. 

Jehangir Malik is the UK Director of Islamic Relief. He has worked with local communities and in the international charity sector for over 20 years in a number of countries including the USA, UK and Afghanistan.