Tayside Plan for Children, Young People and Families

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Reducing inequalities and improving outcomes in health, wellbeing and educational attainment for Tayside children are some of the top priorities in a new region-wide plan.

Dundee City, Angus and Perth& Kinross councils, along with NHS Tayside, are teaming up for a collaborative approach to support young people.

The Tayside Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2017-2020 will be discussed at Dundee City Council’s children and families service committee on Monday (June 29).

The five priorities of the plan cover early years; engagement with learning; physical, mental and emotional health; inequalities and disadvantage; and child protection. There is also a strong focus on prevention and early intervention.

Convener Councillor Gregor Murray explained: “This is a new way of trying to develop more joined up working across a set of priorities so that we can do the very best we can for our children and young people.

“All three councils have collected data on the wellbeing of young people and there are many common themes emerging.

“Given the close working that has developed over the years across the area and the new legislative framework that has emerged, the time is right to adopt a new approach.

“This plan will help partners to progress projects over the next three years.

“We are looking at increasing flexibility in the way that services are delivered and help transform the lives of children and their families”

Councillor Murray added; “We want to ensure the young people are safe and well, and that all families engage with learning so that their children can go on to have better life chances.

“This is an innovative method of tackling challenges of the future.”

The committee is being recommended to ask for an update report to be provided in a year.

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