Listening to children in Cardinia Shire
- Cardinia Shire Council is a Child Friendly City, recognised by UNICEF since 2015. This means we are committed to listening to children’s voices in Cardinia Shire, ensuring that children are given opportunities to be their best, and that they are valued, respected, celebrated and heard.
- Almost 30 per cent of Cardinia Shire’s population is children aged under 17 years, so it is vital that we include children in our decision making process. This gives children the respect they deserve and helps them feel connected and valued within their community.
- What we do in this area is shaped by our Child, Youth and Family Strategy.
- We also have a Children's Ambassador Program.
A child-friendly city (CFC) is a city, town, community or any system of local governance committed to improving the lives of children within their jurisdiction by realizing their rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
What children deserve to have
- Opportunities to get involved in making decisions that affect them, their communities and their wellbeing
- Access to environments that consider their needs and the freedom to explore them
- To be supported and have access to environments and services regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or ability.
Our Children's Ambassadors Program
We are excited to be the first Victorian council to appoint Children’s Ambassadors. This is an important part of our commitment to listening to children’s voices in Cardinia Shire, and making sure their concerns and ideas are taken seriously.
The ambassadors will be advocates for listening to, involving, and safeguarding the rights of children in the work carried out by each department across Council.
In October 2019, a number of Council staff and Councillors were presented with badges by local primary school students to formally declare them as Children’s Ambassadors for Council. Selected by the local primary school students through an application process, the ambassadors will champion the voice of children in the community, provide leadership by influencing the outcomes for children, and be a positive role model through their work.