Progress in improving the lives of children and young people

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Three reports outlining progress in improving the lives of children and young people across Dundee will be considered on Monday (October 29).

Members of the city council’s children and families service committee will hear of developments including:

Evidence of the poverty-related gap beginning to close

Early learning and child care increase for 3 and 4 year-olds

Improvements in children’s BMI and dental health

All children’s homes receiving good and very good inspection grades in the last year

Work to help improve the attendance and attainment of vulnerable young people

The committee will hear annual updates The Corporate Parenting Plan for looked after children, efforts to improve attainment through the Includem project to reduce exclusion and also the first update on the Tayside Children’s Services Collaborative, which aims to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and educational attainment.

Children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: β€œThere is a vast amount of effort ongoing across the children and families service to improve the lives of our young people and to help them to take on new and exciting opportunities when they leave school.

β€œThese three progress reports show how we are determined to work hard for every child, no matter what their circumstances are or the challenges that they face.

β€œWe are seeing improvements on a number of front but I am under no illusions that there is still a long way to go. Dundee is so lucky to have a committed workforce in children and families services who are dedicated to achieving these ambitious aims.”

 Depute children and families service convener Councillor Roisin Smith added: β€œWe want to see better outcomes for Looked After Children and care leavers and our plan is putting those commitments into action.

β€œThere is no one size fits all solution to the challenges faced by Looked After Children and care leavers and we need to be aware of this at all times.

β€œI am pleased to see that we have been able to reduce the number of external placements and we are looking to take action to keep that trend continuing.”

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