Approved the Children & Young People’s Participation Strategy at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Lead Member for Education & Children's Services introduced a report that sought approval of the Children & Young People’s Participation Strategy.
The aim of the strategy was to ensure that Slough was a place where children felt they could voice their views and opinions in a safe and supported environment. It had been developed between the Council and partner agencies and would be delivered through a range of initiatives supported by a multi-agency action plan.
It was noted that the inspection of children’s services by Ofsted in January 2023 identified that children and young people were not involved in the design, delivery or shaping of services or in their own care planning. This was therefore a key area for improvement. The Council had prioritised children and young people in the new corporate plan and recognised that services should be co-produced with them.
The Leader emphasised that the administration wanted to listen to the views of children and young people and the strategy was an important step in the right direction. The Cabinet approved the strategy.
Resolved – That the Children & Young People’s Participation Strategy as at Appendix 1 to the report be approved.