We are celebrating the 600 supporters who've added their voice but we need more! Every Child urges all Australians to take action by signing the National Child and Youth Wellbeing Commitment, asking us to commit to the ‘It Takes 6’ elements that are crucial for every child to start school ready to learn, and every young person to leave school ready for life and work.
The National Commitment highlights: Health, Learning, Housing, Positive Identity, Being Valued and Participating as six basic needs necessary to thrive; and seeks to break the current policy silos with a holistic approach to child and youth wellbeing.
Freya Whitehead, Every Child Campaign Advocate says, “We believe getting these basics met should not be a game of chance or luck. We’re calling on the Australian government to endorse a National Child and Youth Wellbeing Commitment that ensures every child, every young Australian, can get their six needs met.”
The Commitment sets out these six points as:
Designed by Every Child and ARACY. Derived from The Nest, ARACY.
Health – every child should live a healthy life physically, emotionally, and mentally
Learning – every child deserves access to high quality learning from the early years on
Housing – every child should have the basics of living including a stable, secure home with a decent family income
Positive Identity – every child from every culture and background should be confident and respected
Valued – every child deserves to be valued, loved and safe living free from abuse and neglect
Participation – every child should be able to have say connected into family and community life
“This evidence-based framework is directed at policy makers at all levels of government, with a focus on integrating service delivery and well-being strategies rather than seeing issues through individual policy silos.”
Every Child are encouraging people to sign the National Child and Youth Wellbeing Commitment to help every child and young person succeed and be safe. The Commitment requires government to:
Endorse and invest in this six-point framework as a nation-building priority; and
Report regularly on the delivery and the coordination of services across these six core areas
“By signing this Commitment, supporters will be joining a movement with hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals who want our government to ensure, every child starts school ready to learn and every young person leaves school ready for life and work.”
“Every Child will be calling on all national leaders including our Prime Minister and Premiers to endorse the Commitment with the aim that, this framework will be adopted by decision-makers – and the six points be accepted as a baseline for sound policy making.”