HEA2 (PP) - Delivering the best outcomes for children, young people and families

This policy is part of the Plymouth Plan which was approved by Plymouth City Council Full councillors on 27/02/2017.

The city will work to create the conditions where children, young people and families can thrive, assisting them to build resilience through the early development of good physical and emotional health and by equipping young people and parents with the skills to improve their wellbeing. This will be achieved through:

  1. Ensuring the best possible start in life for all children by increasing the focus on the first 1001 critical days from conception, ensuring that the best maternity services, parenting programmes, childcare and early year's education are in place.
  2. Providing high quality, accessible childcare and helping children become ready for school and enabling parents to work, by ensuring child care and after-school/holiday provision is safe and flexible.
  3. Providing children and young people with the best and most appropriate learning and vocational educational opportunities and experiences that inspire them to learn and develop skills for future employment and life.
  4. Ensuring that there are sufficient, high quality schools which aspire to achieve not just better education provision but also support wider community cohesion in the area.
  5. Ensuring that early intervention, help and prevention meets the needs of children, young people and their families who are 'vulnerable' to poor life outcomes.
  6. Ensuring that parents most at risk of poverty are supported in gaining better qualifications, sustainable employment and have access to mental health services which will improve learning outcomes for their children.
  7. Ensuring that integrated assessment and outcome-based care planning are carried out for children with additional needs, including social, emotional, learning disabilities or mental health problems, to include the voice of the child and of the parent.
  8. Ensuring that all children, young people and their families have access and the opportunity to participate in physical activity and the cultural life of the city.
  9. Providing effective safeguarding and excellent services for children, young people and families.
  10. Ensuring that employers are sensitive to the needs of working parents by promoting and delivering family-friendly policies.