Dundee Children and Young People's Charter launch

Dundee Children and Young People

A NEW charter which sets out five ways Dundee’s children and young people want to be supported has been launched in the city.

Created by young people for young people and backed by the Dundee Child Protection Committee, participants gathered at Morgan Academy to celebrate the document’s unveiling.

Elaine Torrance, Independent Chair of Dundee Child Protection Committee said: “This exciting piece of work goes some way to meeting our commitment to strengthen the voice of children and young people in shaping the services that affect them most.

“This new charter is a great example of what can be done when we all work together. We are building on the strong culture of collaborative working we have in Dundee, which reflects the commitment of staff and senior leaders to work together with children and young people themselves.

“Hearing the voice of children and young people is central to improving local services and is key to creating better lives for all young people and the next generation of the city’s children.

“Our thanks go to all the children and young people who gave their time to develop the charter and the resources that all agencies will use to put it into practice. “

Representing the voices of Dundee children and young people and reflecting what they say is most important to them the charter has five key statements:

•             Help us to feel safe;

•             listen to and empower us to have a voice;

•             give us choice;

•             work with us and include us; and

•             help us to trust you and others.

Dundee Child Protection Committee provides individual and collective leadership and direction for the management of child protection services across the city.

Membership of the Dundee Child Protection Committee comes from key stakeholder agencies including Dundee City Council. NHS Tayside, Police Scotland and representatives from the third (voluntary) sector. It is chaired by an independent chairperson.

The functions of the Child Protection Committee are continuous improvement, strategic planning, public information and communication.

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