Corporate Plan 2022/23 to 2027/28
Corporate Plan Priority: Enabling our children and young people to achieve their full potential
This priority contributes to delivery of the following outcomes or aspects of our vision:
- Children and young people grow up safe, respected, well-educated, and confident in their ability to realise their full potential
- Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
- Reduce the poverty-related attainment gap
- Ensure that Looked After Children and children and young people with additional support needs achieve health, wellbeing and education outcomes comparable with their peers
Just over 16% of residents of Perth and Kinross are aged under 16, which is in line with the 16.9% of the Scottish population in this age group.
All of the priority areas set out in this corporate plan impact on our children and young people. As set out earlier in this document, too many children in Perth and Kinross are living in poverty. Activity to tackle the causes and mitigate the impact of poverty on households will also benefit young people who are part of these families. That will make an essential contribution towards enabling our children and young people to achieve their full potential.
While overall attainment and pupils meeting developmental and educational milestones is high across Perth and Kinross, when this is broken down to look at factors such as children living in poverty there is a clear gap between the outcomes for children from a deprived background and those from more affluent households. The gap has narrowed in recent years; however, this remains a priority focus area as we seek to further reduce the poverty-related attainment gap.
We remain committed to Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC). We want children and young people in Perth and Kinross to be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included. We want to ensure that they and their families receive the help they need when they need it.
We have made good progress through our Corporate Parenting Plan to build the foundations to realise The Promise for local care experienced children. Our Promise to You (as set out in the corporate parenting plan) is that Perth and Kinross will be the best place for all our children and young people, especially those with care experience, to grow up. This activity will contribute towards achievement of the strategic outcome to ensure children grown up safe, respected, well-education and confident in their ability to realise their full potential.