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A common agenda: prioritising children so that every child succeeds

“We as a community have every resource to make our community a socially just society. People are realising that to turn things around, there has to be a common agenda that prioritises children,” said Anglicare Tasmania’s CEO Chris Jones.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday October 26, 2016

Anglicare Tasmania is hosting a conference in Launceston over the next two days to explore ways that communities state-wide can support and nurture children.

“We want to ensure that no child is left behind due to poverty and disadvantage,” he said. “The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is true. The conference will explore how we can better work together collectively to make a difference while honouring the voices and wishes of children.”

A host of excellent international, national and local speakers will present at the conference. “The high calibre of this year’s speakers is testament to the significance of this event, and will provide a wonderful opportunity to engage with new and innovative service approaches,” said Dr Jones.

Nigel Richardson will deliver the keynote address sharing three key approaches with a collective focus on improving outcomes for children in Leeds (UK), with special emphasis on the participation of children.

Mr Richardson has successfully led Children’s Services at Leeds City Council out of government intervention via a period of significant improvement and transformation, with the result of children and young people in Leeds being placed at the heart of the city’s growth strategy.

The Communities for Children Conference, Every Child Succeeds, will take place on October 26 and 27 at the Door of Hope, Launceston. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the conference is free for anyone who works with children and families.

“By focusing on the needs of young people, communities can provide a strong foundation of support for growing children,” said Dr Jones. “If Tasmania is to prosper in the future, we need to make sure that all children are given the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally”.

“Continuing to build upon the framework of ‘collective impact’ to solve complex problems, I am confident that this conference will be a valuable experience and help equip all those who are engaged in the important and satisfying work of supporting children and families in Tasmania,” said Dr Jones.

Liz Weaver will be speaking about how collective impact can transform communities. She will share how a Canadian project successfully reduced poverty for more than 20,000 children and families.

“Partnerships are essential to every child succeeding. I wish to acknowledge the contribution of all those involved in the Communities for Children partnership who are striving to ensure that every child in Tasmania succeeds,” said Dr Jones.

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