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Mission to make children's services the best

Mission to make children's services the best

Published at 7:49pm 12th June 2015. (Updated at 7:40am 13th June 2015)

A pledge has been made to children and young people in North Yorkshire.

Two senior councillors say they want to see unrivalled standards of education and wider family support - despite Government funding cuts.

In a 'mission statement', County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children and Young People, and County Councillor Arthur Barker, Executive Member for Schools, have outlined their priorities for the year ahead.

They said: "Most young people in North Yorkshire attend schools rated as either good or outstanding by Ofsted. We want to get to a point where all of our schools are rated good or outstanding.

"We believe life chances for young people and children should be increasingly in their hands, and not determined by geography or family circumstances.

"In order to make that situation happen, we need to provide better wrap-around support, and better early intervention. We have, for example, reshaped our preventative services which means we will have increased our capacity to target support at the time when it is most needed - early on.

"If we can do that well, we will safely reduce the care population, and we will ensure that more of our children and young people live safely where they should be, with their own families."