People

Children and young people to be consulted on a new strategy to improve their lives

By John Charlton

Oxford City Council will start a consultation on a new strategy to support children and young people in Oxford.

The aim of the new strategy is to help them achieve their potential and to become happy, safe, successful, healthy and active citizens.

The new Children and Young People’s Strategy aims to guide the work focusing on children and young people’s needs and helping them fulfil their ambitions, covering the period of 2018-2023. It covers young people in Oxford aged 0-25, and builds on and will replace the City Council’s existing Youth Ambition Strategy and Children and Young People’s Plan.

A consultation will take place from 5 March until 27 April. The City Council is inviting responses from children and young people, families, professionals working with children and young people, and partner organisations including Oxfordshire County Council and the Children’s Trust that share the responsibility for meeting the needs of Oxford’s children and young people.

Children and young people, including those who may be more disadvantaged or vulnerable because of their disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, or are unemployed, refugees, young parents or involved in the criminal justice system, will have the opportunity to shape the new strategy.

Oxford has major social inequalities. The 2015 English Indices of Deprivation, the official measure of relative deprivation, ranked Oxford 166 out of 326 local authorities districts. Compounded by a projected rise in population, young people face significant challenges to achieving economic independence, wellbeing and finding support to deal with these challenges.

Councillor Marie Tidball, Executive Board Member for Young People, Schools and Public Health said: “Oxford is a vibrant city but young people from disadvantaged circumstances are still more likely to experience fractured transitions from education to employment. That’s why we want to ensure this is a cross-cutting strategy which enables all our services to consider the outcomes to empower children and young people in our city to thrive. Listening to the voices of a diverse range of young people, and taking your views into account, will be an essential part in helping us to achieve this.”

To read a copy of the strategy and to give your views please visit the following website www.oxford.gov.uk/candypstrategy