Not all actions and targets would deliver the objectives
PSA 6: Children and Family To ensure children are cared for, live in safety, are protected from abuse, receive the support they need to achieve their full potential, become more independent and grow into well adjusted adults.
Implement the Children and Young Peoples Strategy: OFMDFM/DE/DCAL
Develop an early years strategy: OFMDFM/DE/DCAL
Reduce the number of children in care: DHSS&PS
Improve the life changes of children leaving care: DHSS&PS/DEL
Provide a safe environment for children both in the family setting and those in foster care. DHPP&PS
PSA 7: Making Peoples Lives better Drive a programme across government to reduce poverty and address inequality and disadvantage
Anti-poverty strategy: OFMDFM/DSD/DHSS&PS
Elimination of severe child poverty by 2012 – first target like this in the UK.
Targets on homelessness and older people are vague
Eradicate all fuel poverty by 2016 – resources?
Access to mental health services and less people institutionalised is welcome – resources?
Promotion of equality very vague – where does community relations and tackling sectarianism fit in?
PSA 8: Promotion health and reducing health inequalities Promote healthy lifestyles, address the causes of poor health and well being and achieve measureable reductions in health inequalities and preventable illnesses
Measurable targets but one goes backwards!
Need to ensure ‘community based’ includes services delivered by community providers
Resources for targets eg drink and drugs programmes?
PSA 9: Promoting access to culture arts and leisure
Promoting access, rather than actually enabling arts and cultural provision.
PSA 10: Helping our children and young people to achieve through education Encourage all our young people to achieve their full potential by improving access to formal and non-formal education and provision tailored to the needs of disadvantaged young people
Early Years Strategy
By 2011 30% of disadvantaged young people will gain level 2 qualification:
Key stage 2 and 3 in Neighbourhood Renewal areas should be within 5 points of NI average by 2010
Improve access to youth service for young people most at risk of exclusion – no target
no mention of English as an additional language
PSA 12: Housing, Urban Regeneration and Community Development. Promote decent, energy efficient, affordable housing and regenerate disadvantaged areas and towns and city centres, and support community development to create environments which enhance quality of life and contribute to well being.
Implement Neighbourhood Renewal
Implement the Semple Review, provide social housing – resources?
Implement the Advice Services Strategy, establish a Charity Commission and develop a volunteering strategy – all welcome but have already begun
Positive steps absent – no mention of Compact or Support Services Strategy