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Have say on youth plan

BULLYING and road safety were just two of the concerns raised by young people in a survey to help make Canterbury Bankstown a child-friendly City.

The council spent the last 12 months speaking with residents – children, young people, parents and carers – to help develop its first Child-Friendly CBCity Action Plan and now the community is being asked to provide feedback before the plan is finalised for approval next year.
Mayor Khal Asfour says the council has completed the first step, in meeting the UN Convention’s Rights of a Child requirements, by conducting a city-wide survey.
“The saying ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’ could not be any more true,” he said.
“Every child has the right to grow up in a community where they feel safe and secure; have access to quality services; can play, learn and grow; and where their voice is heard.
“While official recognition would be welcome, we will always strive to have an innovative and liveable place for all, regardless of any acknowledgement, and being child-friendly is a significant part of that commitment.
“That’s why we have spent the past 12 months speaking with residents and developing our first Child-Friendly CBCity Action Plan.”
While the plan recommends increasing education and awareness about bullying in the community and increasing road safety campaigns, other key actions include partnering with local organisations to develop new, creative and social programs, expanding the annual Youth Awards program to provide opportunities for children to be recognised, providing more programs for children aged 7-11 who are too young for youth centres and too old for early childhood groups and providing a program to assist students in transition to employment.
“I encourage everybody to have a look at the plan and give their feedback by Thursday, November 21,” Mayor Asfour said.
To have your say on the draft plan, visit cb.city/haveyoursay

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