I am delighted to invite you to the launch of ‘Growing up North’, a major new project looking at childhood in the North of England and the opportunities for children provided by devolution and regeneration.
Growing up North will seek to understand the regional differences in children’s experiences and how these impact on their outcomes. It will identify what makes an area a great place to grow up and how children can be best supported to succeed.
I am launching Growing up North now because I want to put children at the centre of the changes that are underway in the North – devolution, regeneration and the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. The project will consider how these changes can best deliver for children and highlight the excellent and innovative work already underway to improve children’s life chances in different northern areas.
The project will run for over a year and will include extensive engagement with young people, visits across the North of England, and specially commissioned research to help understand children’s progression and how this varies between regions. It is supported by an advisory group of leading figures from industry, skills, the arts and local authorities.
The Growing up North project launch is kindly being hosted by Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children's and BBC North and we will also hear from former Cabinet minister Rt. Hon Esther McVey and Denise Barrett Baxendale, Deputy Chair of Everton FC and Chair of Everton in the Community.
It will be followed by a Parliamentary reception hosted by Diana Johnson MP for North Hull with speakers including the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families and MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson.
Please pass this invite on to other people within your organisation who may be interested in attending.
Anne Longfield, OBE
Children’s Commissioner for England