LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLAY THEIR PART TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING FREE FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY LIFE.
Create opportunities for young people to engage in community and civic life. The provision of a youth space, as well as genuine participation about issues that affect them, celebrates young people’s place in our society and helps business deliver best practice.
Offer free family events and activities for children. Community cultural events and opportunities for recreation help build connections between families and young people. Accessibility is increased when events are run free of charge.
Invite senior community leaders to speak at an event or service. Hearing about and valuing local culture and wisdom helps families learn and grow together and strengthens community bonds.
Initiate a local Child Friendly Business Award for organisations who exceed expectations in meeting the needs of children. Recognising businesses efforts helps raise the profile of children, needs of families in our society, and the role that businesses should play in their community.
Develop child related policies and procedures. A child protection policy should promote wellbeing and early intervention practices, as well as be consistent with state/territory mandatory reporting legislation. Ensure that all staff and volunteers engaged in child related work hold a valid Working With Children Check.
A code of conduct for working with children and young people is a practical tool for promoting clear and consistent roles and behaviour. When implemented and supported consistently, these policies work to protect children, workers and the organisation.
Help and support parents in continuous improvement of their parenting skills. Providing family support services and parenting courses help to overcome the challenges of parenting, and creates opportunities for support, skill development and networking with other families.
Ensure community services and events are accessible to isolated families by providing outreach programs and free or low cost transport.
Promote and support the local library as an ideal location to share information, promote quality time between parents and children and build social connections between families.
Provide opportunities for children to play and have fun: playgroup, parks, libraries, safe streets, parent-friendly parking and safe bike paths encourage play, exercise and social get-togethers amongst children, parents and families.
Share a directory of local services in the council’s facilities. By simplifying processes for accessing support, families are assisted in seeking help to raise their children.
Provide high quality, flexible and accessible child care options to allow parents to engage in the workforce or to invest in other aspects of family or community life. Consider the cost and location of services in order to meet the diverse needs of families.
Where possible, seek input about council services from senior community or family members. Valuing local culture and wisdom may improve your relationships and can help increase knowledge about community needs.
Gold Coast City Council delivers a range of activities that respond to the needs and aspirations of young people in Gold Coast City, within the scope of the roles and responsibilities of local government, such as the the Junior Council’s involvement in the Homeless Connect program. See Council’s website for details.
We facilitate a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) who provide advice to council on a range of issues, especially those that effect young people. YAG is also involved in organising events, such as a quiz night to raise money for the Action for Change Foundation, a volunteer run training school in Dili.
Darwin City Council produces GRINDonline – a website for young people, by young people. The GRIND network also assists YAG to support community organisations host events, such as through in kind “Gig Gear”.
Alice Springs Town Council works with our community to make Alice Springs a clean, safe and enjoyable town for everyone to live, work or visit. Our Council provides many facilities: an aquatic & leisure Centre, sporting fields, & the Public Library for our community as a secure learning environment for kids and their parents. It’s important for all to play their part in making the community safe for our kids.
I work with youth groups across our town, including Clontarf Football Academy and Centralian Girls Academy.