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Putting children at the heart of everything we do

Published: Tuesday, 14th March 2023

A series of reports due before the council’s Cabinet on March 21 set out how the council is driving forward plans to improve the lives of children and young people in the city.

The reports were created in collaboration with partners across the city and reflect the views of over 4,000 children and young people, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are addressed.

Change for Children and Young People 2023-28 outlines the Birmingham children’s partnership’s commitment to supporting children and young people in achieving their full potential.

This partnership includes the key agencies who support children, young people and families, the police, NHS and council. Key priorities are to improve access to education, healthcare, and recreational activities for all young people, as this message is constantly fed back.

The SEND and Inclusion Strategies ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are fully supported and included in all aspects of our community. Through these strategies, the council and partners will provide accessible, inclusive support and services that meet the needs of every child and young person.

An example of the council’s inclusive offer to our young people is the Travel to Succeed scheme.

Over £1million has been set aside to support young people into education, training, or employment by breaking down barriers to travel.

The council’s Breaking Down Barriers report in 2021 recommended reducing the cost of public transport for 16–18-year-olds. This funding will help NEET young people (not in education, employment, or training), particularly those accessing unpaid work experience or internship opportunities, who would struggle to afford transportation.

These reports demonstrate the council’s commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people and set out a clear vision that will make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve.

Cllr Karen McCarthy, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I am delighted that we have made such progress in developing these reports and that we have taken into account the lived experience of children and young people.

“This demonstrates our commitment to a joined-up approach across the council and partners to ensure that we are making decisions that have a real and positive impact on the lives of young people in our city.”


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