I will champion the creation of a focused Child and Youth Portfolio, putting young people at the centre of the story rather than on the periphery to our own issues and concerns.
A focused portfolio on the well-being and future of children will give greater weight to the powers that can be wielded for young people and create holistic governance of all laws and issues affecting them.
This will include:
- Raising the governance and quality standards of early childhood services
- Actively involving young people in an accountability council
- Ensuring that all new policies and legislation uphold the Young Persons' Impact Statement.