A collaboration between ANZSOG and Every Child - Leading for Every Child worked with leaders across Australia to investigate the connections, the capabilities, the ways of working to truly make a difference for children and young people.
We know communities, families and economies prosper when all children are confident, safe and valued. Rather than fragmented programs, our vision was for children, young people and families to have well-co-ordinated, early access to supports across the breadth of services they need throughout their lives.
The evidence is compelling –the life chances and livelihoods of children can be improved markedly by: (i) 'bundling up’ support early to children and (ii) better integrating, rather than fragmenting support systems across health, education, housing and more. But major systems reform is required. Leaders with the vision and capability to be systems leaders are also required. This is why more focus needs to be on ways to foster innovative systems leadership across government and the non-government sectors to ‘cut through’ the persistent challenge that 20% of children do not start school ready to learn, and that many do not leave school ready for life and work.
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