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VIEWS SOUGHT ON NEW CHILDREN’S PLAN

countyhallIsle of Wight residents are being invited to give their views on a document aimed at improving the lives of children, young people and their families, which builds upon the work currently underway to improve services for children and young people on the Island.

The Children and Young People’s Plan 2014 to 2017 (CYPP) outlines a range of plans and priorities to ensure better outcomes and access to support and services. This includes setting out ways to tackle areas such as poor lifestyle issues, obesity, poverty and domestic abuse.

The Isle of Wight Council is working on the plan with partners including Hampshire Constabulary, Community Action Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight NHS, which includes the NHS Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group and GPs. Each organisation has contributed to the plan and they will also carry links to the consultation on their websites.

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Children and young people have also contributed to the plan through various forums including the Children’s Society survey where almost 5000 children and young people across the Island gave their views.

Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member for children’s services Richard Priest said:

“This latest Children and Young People’s Plan is a very important document. It outlines a number of areas on the Island that are either successful or need improving.

“I would ask that residents look at the plan and send us their feedback to help inform the final draft ahead of when it comes into force next year.”

Dr John Rivers, chair of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

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“Our children and young people are the future of this Island. We need the views of all sections of our society to ensure that our Island provides children and young people with the best possible start in life.”

Consultation on the Isle of Wight CYPP started yesterday (Friday) and runs until 17:00 on Friday 29th November.

To view the document and take part in the consultation, residents should log on to the council’s website at www.iwight.com and click on ‘Your Council’ and then ‘Consultations’ once it begins.

Alternatively, paper copies are available by contacting Rachel Dominey via [email protected] Comments can also be posted to Rachel Dominey, Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Programme Manager, Isle of Wight Council, County Hall, Floor 5, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.

Once the consultation closes, the final plan will be drafted and will be subject to the approval of the council’s Cabinet and Full Council in the new year before being finally published.

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