CYPP Update by Nick Hynes

The Children and Young People’s Plan has been refreshed to cover the next 3 years from 2019-2022. This Refresh is based on cross-sector engagement and has the voices of our children and young people at its heart. It demonstrates a continued investment in all our children but also seeks to specifically meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

The first three years of the plan has achieved some real positive change across The Bailiwick and this Refresh continues to identify the need to prioritise early help and prevention as well as inclusion as core priorities over the next three years. Cross committee and third sector working will be key if we are to continue and accelerate the momentum achieved thus far; this means working together better in a multi-agency way which is a key focus within The Plan.

We still have a great deal to achieve if we are to ensure that all our children and young people have the best possible life chances, and this is only possible with the active commitment of all areas of the community.

A specific and significant focus of the Plan is the implementation of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award within all States Schools across The Bailiwick. This is a core part of The Bailiwick’s commitment to signing up to The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

Heidi Soulsby, President of HSC says:

“Most of our children and young people achieve good outcomes and go on to lead successful lives as adults, but there are some who do not. We need to be focused and innovative if we are to ensure that all children, young people and their families have the same positive outcomes.

This means that we need to think about how we reshape services and deliver them differently, how we will adopt an approach of ‘strengthening’ families; working with all stakeholders and ‘with’ the community rather than delivering services ‘to’ them. This goes to the heart of the new model of care for the Bailiwick, known as the Partnership of Purpose.

The focus of The CYPP has at its core a can-do attitude and has an aim of providing early help and intervention by working together to identify what works best in each community so that we can help when a child or family need support and ensure that they have access to the right support, at the right time, in the right place.”

Nick Hynes

Senior Policy and Transformation Officer

CYPP Development & Implementation Lead

States of Guernsey

 

Tel: +44 (0)1481 725241

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