A new Children’s Charter has been unveiled at an event on College Green, establishing the city’s promise to the children of Bristol.
The charter is a set of ten pledges formed by various organisations across the city, which aims to put the rights of children first priority in decision-making processes.
More than 20 of these organisations came to the unveiling event on Wednesday, August 1, including Creative Youth Network and We The Curious, to sign the charter and show their support. It took place during the 16th annual Bristol Playday on College Green.
Helen Godwin, the council’s cabinet member for families and Jack Wilfan, a member of the UK’s Youth Parliament, presented the charter to the assembled crowd with some inspiring words.
“I have been struck by the passion and interest in the project,” said Godwin, who is also a Labour councillor for Southmead.
“We are thrilled to have so many organisations that want to join us in making this commitment. I look forward to working together to bring our Children’s Charter to life.”
The charter includes pledges to support children to live in safe and healthy families, protect them from violence and abuse, and give them access to welcoming, clean neighbourhoods within Bristol. The charter applies to every single child in the city, regardless of any background or status they have.
“Organisations across the city are making decisions on a daily basis that, in some way or another, have an impact on the lives of children and young people,” said mayor Marvin Rees.
“What this charter aims to do is provide all organisations across the city, both private and public, with a set of aspirations that their decision-making can contribute towards achieving,” said mayor Marvin Rees.
“We recognise that apart, we can each achieve many things for children and young people, but it’s only by working together to deliver our shared vision that we can create an environment where every individual has the opportunity to flourish.
“I am delighted to back this charter and commit the council towards investing our resources to create a thriving city that is good for everyone.”