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First Ever Strategic Plan for Children and Young People IN Nsw

Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today welcomed the launch of the NSW Government’s first ever legislated plan to help children and young people thrive.

The three-year NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People will help ensure children and young people in Penrith have opportunities to thrive, get the services they need and have their voice heard.

“The NSW Government is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of everyone in NSW, regardless of their age,” Stuart Ayres said.

“Our young people are our future. With this first-ever legislated Strategic Plan we now have a roadmap in place which outlines what the NSW Government is doing, and more importantly, what it will do for children and young people in Penrith and across our state in the future.”

“The NSW Government is leading the nation when it comes to engaging with and delivering for children and young people,” Minister responsible for youth John Ajaka said.

“As well as greater connectivity, the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in NSW will also be a focus with the launch of this Strategic Plan.”
“This really is a plan that is by, for and on behalf of children and young people. We have talked with children and young people from a myriad of different backgrounds and places,” NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson said.

Key commitments under the Plan include:

· Investing an additional $900,000 in extra resources for the Office of the NSW Advocate to further undertake his statutory responsibilities on behalf of children and young people across the State
· $700,000 to develop a website to connect children and young people to local services and opportunities to further integrate into their local communities
· Develop a Quality Assessors program to train children and young people to review services and provide feedback directly to government; and
· Further embedding the participation of children and young people in NSW Government consultations.

Furthermore, 2016-17 NSW Budget measures which align with key components of the Plan include investing $190 million over four years to reform the children protection and out-of-home care system, investing $100 million over two years to implement the Smart, Skilled and Hired initiative, and investing $40 million over four years to better address youth homelessness.

As part of developing the Strategic Plan, the Office of the Advocate of Children and Young People consulted with more than 4,000 children and young people right across NSW.

For more information about the Plan, go to http://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/

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