26 November 2015
The work done in Jersey by the voluntary and community sector to support babies, children and young people was demonstrated recently.
An event at the Town Hall on Tuesday (24 November) showed the work of many local agencies and community organisations in support of 1001 Critical Days, a manifesto, introduced in Jersey earlier this year, which highlights the importance of acting early to give children a positive start in life.
Earlier this year, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, made a commitment to invest in the very early years and gave the Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, special responsibility for the 1001 Critical Days agenda in Jersey.
Early years prioritised
Deputy Moore has established a taskforce to ensure that the early years are prioritised. It will be supported by the Policy Director for the Department of Community and Constitutional Affairs, Dr Helen Miles.
The taskforce will work with other agencies to analyse needs, identify gaps in services and bring forward solutions that support reform and ensure that investment in services delivers the right outcomes for children and families.
Deputy Moore said “The Jersey voluntary and community sector has an important role to play in working with the public sector to deliver the vision for all babies, children and young people to grow up in a safe, supportive Island community in which they achieve their full potential and lead happy, healthy lives.
“This event was extremely well attended. It gave people in the voluntary sector an opportunity to find out what other organisations are doing and to explore ways of working together.”
Download the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto (3.13 MB)