BUILDING BLOCKS APPROACH TO EDUCATION
The ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment identifies six priority areas. The vision for the plan is this: All children and young people (0-25 years) across the ACT will have the opportunity to reach their potential, make a contribution, participate in decision making and share the benefits of our community.
1. Provide access to quality healthcare, learning and employment opportunities
• Maximise access to affordable, culturally and developmentally appropriate health care for children and young people.
• Implement a world class ACT curriculum from preschool to year 12 in alignment with the Australian Curriculum.
• All organisations to work together to promote a shared responsibility between agencies that work with children and young people to support transitions that lead to positive education, training and/or employment opportunities.
2. Implement policy that enables children and young people to thrive.
• ACT Government to continue to advocate to the Australian Government to address the factors that influence financial security of families to reduce poverty and its impacts.
• ACT Government will work to increase access to housing that is affordable, safe and secure for children, young people and their families.
• Invest in the development and implementation of an ACT Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework that guides and directs whole-of-government, whole-of-community actions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all ACT residents.
3. Keep children and young people safe • Provide an accessible and integrated human service system that delivers improved and sustainable outcomes for children and young people as per the Human Services Blueprint-Better Services Initiative 2014.
• Continue to provide integrated programs across the community and government sectors that promote resilience and social and emotional wellbeing.
• Continue to provide access to a range of universal and targeted services that support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.
4. Advocate the importance of the rights of children and young people
• Develop and implement the Child Safe Child Friendly and Child Aware Coordinating Framework for ACT Health to ensure the active promotion of children and young people’s health, safety, rights, participation and wellbeing. This includes the promotion and application of the Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services, and the Standards for the Care of Children and Adolescents in Health Services across ACT Health services.
• Build strong and safe communities that promote, protect and create awareness of children and young people’s rights through a shared understanding across government, community and media.
5. Include children and young people in decision making.
• Promote safe inclusive community environments that allow children and young people to have experiences that promote positive development.
• Continue to build the capacity of families and communities to provide responsive and appropriate care that promotes children and young people’s optimum development.
• Continue to implement programs in schools that support the development and wellbeing of students.
6. Build strong families and communities that are inclusive and support and nurture children and young people.
• Establish appropriate consultation mechanisms for children and young people which are rolled out across government.
• Regularly consult with children and young people in varied and genuine ways about issues that affect them.
• Listen and engage with bodies that represent children, young people and their families.
• Future government projects and policy proposals will consider the guidelines and toolkit when consulting with children and young people.
To learn more about the ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment (2015-2025), visit http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au.