VIDEO: Young people's ideas guide plan to make Doncaster 'most child friendly borough in UK'

The Youth Council supporting the launch of Doncaster's Children and Young People Plan 2017 - 2020. Photo: Antony Oxley
The Youth Council supporting the launch of Doncaster's Children and Young People Plan 2017 - 2020. Photo: Antony Oxley
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Children have played a key role in drawing up a plan to support Doncaster's young people over the next three years.

Doncaster Council has created a new Children and Young People's Plan to guide services in the borough until 2020.

Officers came up with the document after listening to children to see what they wanted from the council.

Team Doncaster, made up of more than 15 organisations including South Yorkshire Police, the Youth Parliament and Doncaster Wildlife Park, met young people to get their views directly.

The main priorities they identified were split into four groups: 'Healthy and Happy', 'Equality', 'Safety' and 'Achievement'.

The council's director of people Damian Allen said: “This plan marks a significant step forward in our collective ambition and ultimate goal of making Doncaster the most child friendly borough in the county.

Doncaster Council chief executive Jo Miller and director of people Damian Allen with partners and young people at the launch of the Children and Young People Plan 2017 - 2020. Photo: Antony Oxley

Doncaster Council chief executive Jo Miller and director of people Damian Allen with partners and young people at the launch of the Children and Young People Plan 2017 - 2020. Photo: Antony Oxley

"It was vital that we were able to engage with local children and young people to allow them to identify what they felt were priorities we needed to address. We want to ensure that their needs are understood and met, and that there are clear ways to hold us to account for our decisions.

“We have also commissioned a short film as part of our launch to highlight the key priorities and messages of the plan. We wanted to create something more engaging and relatable for children and young people to better understand our aims over the next three years.

“The One Doncaster report recommended that all partners need to work together to create the best conditions for children and young people to thrive in the borough.

"We have set out in this Children and Young People Plan a way to do that, which has been shaped and influenced by those we are here to support and will be held accountable to.”

Some of the key issues for young people were knowing they could live safely in the borough and be equipped to handle bullying.

They wanted to know what services were available, and have access to support for issues such as mental health.

Children asked for school nurses to be more available, and for a broad and balanced curriculum in the classroom.

And they wanted to be well prepared for adulthood and to be treated with respect.

Chief of strategy and deliver at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group Anthony Fitzgerald said: "We have set out clear actions for all partners for each of the 13 priorities that were identified by our children and young people.

"We want to be the best and this plan sets out what we need to do locally to help Doncaster children and young people fulfil their potential.”

See the plan and a promotional video at www.doncaster.gov.uk/CYPPlan.

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