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Jersey politicians sign pledge to 'put children first'

Credit: States of Jersey

Politicians from across Jersey have come together to improve and safeguard the rights of every child on the island.

They are doing so formally by signing a 'Pledge' that seeks to 'Put Children First.'

Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré and Children's Minister Sam Mézec first came up with the idea in September.

It's hoped that the Pledge will help speed up the pace of change after the Jersey Care Commission’s report on the Ofsted Inspection of Children’s Services and as part of the response to the Jersey Care Inquiry.

At present, 42 States Members have signed the Pledge, which has included the Council of Ministers and all Senators as well as 11 senior public servants.

Senator Mézec has said he's delighted with the amount of States Members who have already signed up.

Putting children first is this government’s top priority and all States Members will need to play their part in delivering on this ambition, whether in the Council of Ministers, Scrutiny or from the backbenches.

– Senator Sam Mézec, Minister for Children and Housing

Senator Mézec also said that he was pleased to hear that many young people had heard about the Pledge after he attended the YOSCARS – youth awards.

We will work with children and young people and listen to what they have to say about the Pledge to ensure that we understand what each promise means to them and so they can understand how they can hold us to account to make sure we put them first.

– Senator Sam Mézec, Minister for Children and Housing

The States say the aim is now to roll out the Pledge in an island-wide campaign in the community for businesses, schools and anyone who works with children to sign and show their support.

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