Pat’s vow on city children

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Sheffield’s first ever children’s champion will keep a watchful eye on how the city cares for its youngest members.

Professor Pat Broadhead’s role will be to work closely with the council and the organisations and individuals who work young children to ensure young children and their families get the best possible quality services.

She said: “It is a privilege to become the city’s Early Years Champion. I am very pleased that Sheffield has made a commitment to making sure they get it right, from the beginning.

“I will be making sure, amidst all the policy-making and the financing, that children are not forgotten.’’

Her post was created as a result of the council launching the biggest ever review of the services it delivers to children under five. The review asked parents, carers, volunteers and organisations for their opinions on what services should be like in the future.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, the council’s new Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, was at the helm, hundreds of people gave their views and their opinions have now been drawn up into proposals which council leaders are asking for as many people as possible to comment on.

Read the report and comment on the proposals up to December 9 at or by contacting your local children’s centre (find them at