Improving Services for Children and Families22/09/16
Dundee City Council’s children and families service committee will consider a number of reports on Monday September 26 as part of an ongoing drive to further improve prospects and chances for young people in the city.
Among the items is a parental survey report, which outlines a pilot project to provide early learning opportunities for two year olds who are on the child protection register, or at the risk of being placed on it.
The committee will also consider an improvement plan following a joint inspection of services for children and young people, which explains how actions will be taken forward to form a key part of a wider Children’s Plan to be implemented from April next year.
A report by executive director of children and families Michael Wood explains:
“Collectively, alongside the three other city-wide priorities of work and enterprise; health, social care and wellbeing; and community safety and justice, these actions will be designed to contribute towards reduced inequality, improved educational attainment and all children and young people achieving their full potential.”.
Councillor Stewart Hunter, convener of the children and families service committee, said; “The formation of the children and families service is allowing us to deliver for the young people of this city in a much more joined up and collaborative way.
“This committee is considering where we go in the future and looks at how services can be further improved to help young people get not just the best possible start in life, but to equip them with the skills they will need for life and work.”
Councillor Hunter added: “We want to make more of a difference for children and families, especially those facing major challenges, and close the poverty and attainment gap.
“I am impressed by the commitment of everyone working directly for the service and those who collaborate with it in the best interests of our children and young people.
“Pioneering ideas like early learning for some very young children on the protection register show how we are moving forward in some very new ways.
“Children represent the future of Dundee and we want to make sure that they can be safe, included and encouraged to make the most of school and be able to move on to good educational and employment destinations.”
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