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Islanders in Jersey encouraged to ‘put children first’

The campaign, taking place on World Children’s Day, is asking everyone to pledge to support young people. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The Government of Jersey have called on islanders to put children first.

The campaign, taking place on World Children’s Day, is asking everyone from businesses to the public to pledge support for young people.

The call comes after ministers and States members last year pledged to:

  • Listen to children and young people
  • Support families that need extra help
  • Provide children in care with a safe, loving, secure home
  • Expand Early Help
  • Recruit and retain a professional workforce
  • Make it easier to share data and information
  • Ensure sufficient funding is available
  • Publish clear standards and be held to account for achieving them

Jersey’s Children’s Minister, Senator Sam Mezec, admits that Jersey is not the best place in the world for children to grow up, but this plan is not unachievable.

Putting children first is our number one ambition as a government and has to inspire everything we do. In the past we’ve not been very good at it. Today we want to extend the campaign across the island.

– Senator Sam Mezec, Minister for Children

As Jersey's largest employer we will encourage everyone who works for the Government to support this important initiative to 'Put Children First'. Everyone who works for the public service, no matter what department, has a role to play in the care and protection of children and helping to build a child-friendly Jersey.

Supporting the Pledge means that you agree with the eight points and believe that children should be the priority in Jersey.

– Charlie Parker, Chief Executive Officer Government of Jersey

You can sign up to support the campaign from 20 November here.