New Children and Young People's Plan launched

04/03/2020, PR-9319

Cllr Margaret Isherwood speaks at the launch event
Cllr Margaret Isherwood speaks at the launch event

​Wakefield’s new Children and Young People’s Plan was launched at a successful event at the Westfield Centre in South Elmsall on 2 March.

The event saw over 80 professionals and parents, and 30 young people, discuss the four priority areas the plan will be taking forward to help improve the outcomes for all children and young people across the district.

These include early intervention, education and skills, positive emotional and mental wellbeing, and ensuring they are safe, healthy, and happy.

The plan has been drawn together with the support of local partners, including the Council, education, police, health and a number of voluntary organisations.

The foundation of the plan draws on feedback from the Build Our Futures Summit 2019, in which over 120 young people used their voice to share their thoughts and opinions on what was important to them, before it underwent rigorous consultation and engagement with both partners and children to form the plan. 

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped to shape this plan and choose the priorities that we think will help to improve the lives of children, young people and families living in the Wakefield district.

"We want to build on the strong progress we have made over the last 12 months and our new three-year plan sets out a number of mutually agreed partnership priorities to ensure that all agencies with a responsibility for children and young people work and plan together.

"We want to ensure that Wakefield is a great place for children and young people to live and grow up in."

The event also featured a dance act by Sugar Kane's School of Dance and a performance by CAPA College's Choir alongside the newly formed Children in Care Choir - a reminder of the talent Wakefield's children and young people have to offer.

To view the Children and Young People's Plan 2019-2022 visit the Wakefield Together website here or alternatively watch the child-friendly video.