As a Child Friendly City, the City of Greater Dandenong is a city in which all children are valued, respected and celebrated Council's vision for children ages 0 -18:
- children are given opportunities to learn and develop their potential
- families, services and the broader community work together to ensure children are safe at all times and have access to services
- children have access to environments and services to improve their health and wellbeing
- children have opportunities to connect with other children, to their family, to their community and to the environment they live in
- children’s voices are heard through consultation in planning and implementation of programs.
Children's Plan 2021 - 26
The City of Greater Dandenong has created a new Children’s Plan 2021-26. The Children’s Plan outlines an integrated approach in working together with and for children 0-13 years acknowledging the important role of parents, carers and their extended families in supporting each child's development in education, health and wellbeing.
The Children’s Plan 2021-26 was developed through consultation with children, local service providers and relevant Council departments; review of relevant policy frameworks, Council plans and strategies and the Children’s Plan 2015-19.
The annual children’s forum held in children’s week provides children with a platform to engage with Council in a consultative and creative way to express their opinions about the city they live in and their priorities for the city. Giving their voice and options to Council’s strategic planning for the implementation and delivery of Council programs across our child friendly city.
See what the children had to say at the Children's Forums
Greater Dandenong children have been involved in numerous consultations and forums. Having local children participating in community consultations is very important in hearing what is important to them. There were a range of case studies reports that came out of these consultations.
Children's Advisory Group
The children’s advisory group brings together students from the local Primary Schools within Greater Dandenong as representatives of their wider school community, to talk about the local community, facilities, and activities in Greater Dandenong, and to support Council in its commitment to be a child friendly city.
Members of the children’s advisory group share their highlights:
“A highlight for me was getting to make friends with students from other schools, as well as getting to have a say on what happens in greater Dandenong.”
“I really like working with other people/students/teachers and collaborating with them”
“Just being part of the advisory group because we got to meet new people and getting a say in many things around Dandenong like parks”.
For further information about the Children's Advisory Group, please contact Customer Service on 8571 1000 or email childrenServAdminSupport@cgd.vic.gov.au.