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Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children announces Children First, 07/06/17 [W]

Carl Sargeant AM, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, has announced Children First, a new approach to tackling inequality and meeting the needs of children and young people.

The approach focuses on local communities and organisations working collaboratively around a specific place. The Cabinet Secretary expects an anchor organisation in each area to bring the organisations together, develop a strategic focus and determine the outcomes that they want to achieve. When they begin, they will also determine how they intend to evaluate the progress towards their outcomes.

The Cabinet Secretary has said that he expects the rights of children and young people to be central to the approach and for preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mitigating their impact to be a priority.

Five organisations have been chosen to act as pioneers, out of nineteen who expressed interest in the project. These organisations will pioneer the process in Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Cwm Taf, Gwynedd and Newport.

For more information, please see the Welsh Government’s website here, and to read the Cabinet Secretary’s statement in full, please see here.