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In order to inform future planning and continue developing our City in child-friendly ways, we needed to assess the current status of our children's overall wellbeing, encompassing health, safety, learning and development, leisure and participation. We call this the State Of The Children Report.
Our City is home to a vibrant and culturally-diverse population, with a large proportion of the residents aged under 18 years old. We are committed to upholding children's rights and, in particular, to making City of Canterbury Bankstown a child-friendly City. Our aim is for children and young people to be active participants in the community, where they are acknowledged as equal citizens and where their opinions are valued. Our city aims to meet the needs of children of all ages.
The report identifies those areas where we are doing well and areas where improvements can be made, as well as some areas that require more data.
Children here in the City are already doing well in many ways, and we are dedicated to ongoing monitoring of and reporting on their wellbeing. We look forward to a future where all children are healthy, developing and learning well, feel safe, enjoy plenty of natural outdoor spaces and opportunities for leisure, and are able to participate in their communities.
It is our job to check your rights are upheld everywhere in the City of Canterbury Bankstown, including places like your parks, schools, and homes. So we did some research, and we spoke to a lot of people, especially children and youth, to see what they thought.
Our Child Friendly Cities for Children and Youth Report outlines what we found, and how you think we can make our City a more child-friendly place to be.
Note: the current report focuses on the previous City of Canterbury and we expect to start work on a broader State of the Children Report for Canterbury-Bankstown in future.
For more information, or if you have any specific questions, contact Council's Manager Childrens Services on 9789 9429.