A vision to make Knowsley a place where all children have the best start in life, where every family thrives and where all young people aim high and achieve their potential has been endorsed by Knowsley Council Cabinet Members.
The Knowsley Children and Families Plan 2021-2024 sets out the vision for children and families in Knowsley and builds on and replaces the Children and Young People’s Plan 2017-2020.
Whilst most children will live a happy and healthy life, Knowsley has a higher proportion of children and young people who face inequalities, largely due to the high concentration of deprivation in the borough.
Coupled with the additional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption to the lives of children and their families is likely to have wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences, whilst potentially exacerbating many of the challenges that they already face in their lives.
The Knowsley Children and Families Plan 2021-2024 has been developed with all of this in mind and with the borough’s children and families at its centre. The plan sets out how better outcomes can be achieved for children and families in Knowsley.
The plan sets out three priorities:-
- Prevention – to give children the best start in life;
- Education – to improve life chances; and,
- Family – supporting families to thrive.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:
We want our children to be safe and have the best start in life, we want them to achieve their full potential through inclusive education and we want our families to be able to access support that meets their needs in a more effective and efficient way to support them to go on to be independent and thrive.
“Once our plan has been formally approved the important work will begin, as all of us – children, young people, families, local partners and the wider community – come together to deliver the ambitions set out in this plan.”
The Children and Families Plan 2021-2024 will now be referred onto a full meeting of the Council for formal approval.