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Children`s Trust Board Priorities

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Priority one - No avoidable child deaths

Deaths should not happen in the presence of effective and timely protection, social care, health care and education. This includes neglect, abuse, non-accidental injury, domestic violence, suicide, self harm, mental illness, accidents and injury.

Strategic Outcomes:
Families, particularly parents aged up to twenty, have earlier offers of help and support.
Children and young people are safer from harm and have their needs met.

Priority two - No children living in poverty

Poverty limits children’s opportunity to reach their full potential. Disadvantage is often handed down from generation to generation. Poor children often end up being poor adults.

Strategic Outcomes:
Effective parenting enabling children to flourish.
Children’s life chances are improving.

Priority three - All children are ready for school by the age of five

Children’s readiness for school affects their learning and development.  Gaps in schools readiness should be tackled for children up to age 5 between those from different social backgrounds.

Strategic Outcomes:
Reduction in gaps in school readiness for children aged up to five from different social backgrounds.

Priority four - Young people are pro-active and productive citizens by age 16

Young people should be inspired to engage with their communities and be ready for further education, learning and work.

Those disengaging from their school or community and engaging in risk taking behaviour like drugs, alcohol, unsafe sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, offending, truancy, and engaging in unsafe road use are less likely to be pro-active and productive and more likely to become Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

Strategic Outcomes:
Young people have higher aspirations.
Young people have the opportunity to learn and earn.
Young people choose not to engage in risky activities and behaviours.

Priority five - Children and young people respect and value themselves and each other

Children and young people want their rights to be respected and for others to be fair and listen. Challenging bullying, inappropriate behaviour and derogatory language should be addressed both within and beyond the school gate.

Strategic Outcomes:
Children and young people believe in themselves; value and respect others.
Children and young people understand consequences and the effect of their actions.