Giving children the best start in life is a key partnership objective, as a child’s upbringing is a key factor in relation to their outcomes later in life. There are many community groups and services in Highland which aim to support children and families. Most can be found in the Highland Perthshire Local Family Information Directory.
BREATHE is a project that engages and supports young people (11-18 year olds) in Highland Perthshire. Breathe aims to build relationships and through using appropriate learning tools creates an environment in which young people can discover themselves and develop.
The Fairness Commission found that around 1 in 5 children in P&K live in poverty. The majority of these children live in a family where at least one adult works. They also found that 1 in 5 children in P&K do not meet their development milestones at their 27-30 month review. This gap in attainment widens as children get older. A key issue in P&K is that troubled families are engaged with by many different services, which can cause confusion.
Later in life, the commission found that a wide range of learning opportunities are available; however these lack flexibility in the choice of vocational and academic subjects. Other concerns included the cost of the school day; the strain associated with holiday periods; and equal access to work experience. The commission also identified Looked after Children as a specific group whose needs could be better met, particularly with regard to transition stages in life.