Not all children in Jersey enjoy the same opportunities and life chances due to a variety of circumstances. Only by listening to children’s experiences of growing up in Jersey will we be able to understand their achievements and challenges. We want children to be heard, valued and involved in the decisions that affect their everyday lives.
Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23
A Government Plan 2020-23 commitment is to take a progressive approach to achieving equity and fairness for children through inclusion and equal life chances and address the key factors that can give rise to children’s immediate and lifelong experiences of inequality. These include the home learning environment, health and wellbeing, housing, household income, and education.
Jersey has now committed to the incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law, meaning that all children should enjoy the same rights. A rights based approach will inform how disadvantage, in its variety of forms, can be overcome and equality of opportunity for all can be achieved in Jersey.
The environment in which children live impacts their wellbeing. Children who face multiple stressors, such as financial insecurity, lack of permanency in their environment, or inadequate parental engagement are significantly less likely to thrive than their peers.