Young people help draw up safety charter

Coun Olivia Rowley.
Coun Olivia Rowley.

More than 200 young people helped draw up a new charter to help health and social care agencies keep them safe.

They said they wanted to be listened to, taken seriously and be treated with care and respect when they were consulted on the district’s Children and Young People’s Safeguarding Charter.

The charter sets out pledges for staff working with young people, including being professional, trained and to show respect and understanding.

Wakefield Council and health and social care agencies have signed up to the charter and must show evidence of how they are putting it into practice.

It was drawn up with the help of 224 young people, including members of the Youth Parliament and Youth Association, and launched at Wakefield’s Hepworth art gallery.

Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I am pleased so many young people have been involved and given us the information we need, so we know what matters to them, and can incorporate this into professional practice.”