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One Wales Delivery Plan 2007-2011, 08/04/08 [W]

The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a plan setting out how each commitment in the One Wales document will be delivered.

The Delivery Plan identifies all the 228 specific delivery commitments in the One Wales document, which formed the basis of the coalition government, and sets out what the Assembly Government will do to deliver each of them, including key delivery milestones.

The Delivery Plan can be downloaded from the Welsh Assembly Government website.

The commitments affecting children include:

Health

  • Providing a minimum of one family nurse per secondary school
  • A priority on providing for mental health, including child and adolescent mental health services

Social Care

  • Legislation on vulnerable children, looked-after children and child poverty
  • A review of the Carers Strategy and legislation on the rights of carers

Transport

  • Legislation on improved school transport and investment in safe routes to school

Education

  • Establishing a right to education and accredited training until the age of 18, and a broader based baccalaureate
  • A Welsh-medium Education Strategy and a requirement for LEAs to assess the demand for Welsh medium education.   Establishment of a Welsh-medium Higher Education Network
  • Reform of education funding
  • Reductions in class sizes
  • The development of community schools
  • Investment in school buildings
  • More resources for physical education, and development of opportunities for schools and colleges to work with local sports clubs
  • A pilot scheme for laptops for children
  • Legislation on Additional Learning Needs
  • An enquiry into disengagement from learning among children and young people.
  • An Assessment of the impact on secondary school funding of developments in the 14 to 19 curriculum
  • Review the way in which educational attainment is measured
  • A national structure of classroom assistants
  • Pilot schemes for Saturday and summer schools in sport, music and the arts.
  • Investigating ways in which volunteers by young people can be better recognised an rewarded
  • An Assessment of the impact of in-migration on educational provision

Childcare

  • Extending free, full-time, high-quality childcare for two year olds in the areas of the greatest need

Equality

  • Work to make a success of the new Single Equality Body in Wales.
  • Implementation of the All-Wales Strategy on Gypsies and Travellers
  • Refine and Implement the Refugee Inclusion Strategy including the recommendations on the interests of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Community Cohesion

  • The establishment of units in each local authority encouraging positive citizenship, and addressing anti-social behaviour
  • The development and implementation of an All-Wales Alcohol Reduction Strategy
  • Taking forward the report into substance misuse counselling services produced in early 2007, and consideration of adopting pilot programmes on substance misuse currently underway in England.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of harm-reduction education programmes in schools.

Community Development

  • Develop Communities First into its Communities Next phase

Child Poverty

  • Support the aim to half child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020
  • Implement an extra Children’s Bond for all children entering school
  • Establish a duty on public agencies to make and demonstrate their contribution to ending child poverty
  • Establishment of an “expert group” to address the policy requirements necessary to meet the targets set in “Eradicating Child Poverty in Wales – Measuring Success”
  • Evaluate the outcomes of existing anti-poverty programme in Wales
  • Adopt the Wales Spatial Plan as an integrating tool for the Child Poverty policy area
  • Establish credit unions in all parts of Wales and ensure access to a credit union for every secondary school in Wales by 2001.
  • Further develop the ability of Welsh credit unions to take deposits of Child Trust Fund accounts

Youth Justice

  • Prioritising preventative intervention and non-custodial solutions for youth offending
  • Considering effective models of cross-cutting practice between the youth justice system and education, housing and mental health services
  • Consider evidence for the devolution of the criminal justice system

Culture, Language and Sport

  • Free entry for children into Assembly funded heritage sites
  • Extend the free-swimming initiative so that all children have the opportunity to use a sports facility or swimming pool free or charge at the weekends.