Blueprint for children and young people launched

Published Date: 

6 Oct 2017 - 13:49

A VISION for achieving the very best for our children and young people has been set out in partnership between Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland.

The new Children and Young People’s Services Plan for 2017/20 is a clear commitment by the Council and NHS Highland to improving the lives of all of our children and young people.

It demonstrates our priorities and how we will deliver them to make sure we are investing in the future of our children and young people.

Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “In Argyll and Bute we know giving our children and young people the best possible start in live is one of the most important things we can do.

“We want to give them the best possible start in life, to enjoy being young and to have the right support in place to make sure they grow up to be confident, successful, responsible members of our society.

“That’s why the Children and Young People’s Services Plan is so important. It provides a framework for professionals, parents, carers and volunteers so that, with us, they can help provide the best services we can.

“Our young people are our future – we have to get it right for them and this will help us do that.”

The Plan sets out how children’s services in Argyll and Bute and should be delivered over the next three years.

It has been produced following extensive consultation with young people such as pupil and youth councils, professionals and community partners, and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Executive Director for Community Services, Ann Marie Knowles, said: “This is a bold vision for our children and young people.

“Its planning has been a multi-agency approach, with NHS Highland and our community planning partners and clearly sets out what we need to do and how we will do it.

“Over the next three years, we will together take every step to not only deliver on our priorities and meet our challenges, but build on our achievements. Our young people are our foundation and we are committed to growing, safeguarding and supporting them and looking after their wellbeing. This Plan demonstrates that and puts us and our partners on a firm footing.”

The Plan has been approved by both Argyll and Bute Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Joint Board.

You can find out more about the plan at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/ICSP and read the full report at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites/default/files/cyspsm.pdf