Children and Young People’s Board

By 2050 everyone in Bristol will have the best start in life, gaining the support and skills they need to thrive and prosper in adulthood.

As one of six One City thematic boards, the Children and Young People’s Board will drive action and play a key role in coordinating delivery of the goals set out in the One City Plan. The Children and Young People’s Board will sit alongside the other thematic boards: Economy & Skills, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Homes & Communities and Transport. A central function of the Board is to ensure consideration for children and young people remains at the heart of all One City priorities and activity.

To read the purpose, vision statement and Terms of Reference for the Children and Young People’s Board, please click here.

To do this, the Board will:

  • put children and young people at the centre of all it does, by listening to their needs, recognising their role as ‘the leaders of tomorrow’ as well as understanding how they can help shape the decisions of today.
  • provide leadership and strategic direction in how the city collectively responds to the needs of children and young people.
  • ensure inclusivity and diversity is at the core of all its work so that all children and young people in the city have a sense of belonging that empowers and enables them to thrive.
  • bring partners together to think creatively, talk openly and make progress in reducing inequality and child poverty in the city, ensuring all children have the best possible start in life.
  • commit to working collaboratively to break down any silos between sectors as well as working with other boards to tackle systemic challenges or maximise opportunities for working in partnership.

Membership

The Co-Chairs of the Children and Young People’s Board are Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Equality, Councillor Asher Craig, and Bristol Youth Mayor, Jeremiah Dom-Ogbonna.

Children and Young People’s Board members* are currently:

  • Bristol Sport Foundation, Benjamin Breeze
  • South Bristol Youth, Emily Bailey
  • Children’s Services – Bristol City Council, Fiona Tudge
  • City of Bristol College, Richard Harris
  • Creative Youth Network, Mark Coates
  • Education & Skills – Bristol City Council, TBA
  • Education Specialist, Margaret Simmons-Bird
  • Growing Futures UK, Desmond Brown
  • Off the Record (OTR), Karen Black
  • Playful Bristol, Rachel Robinson
  • Public Health England, Victoria Bleazard
  • Raised in Bristol, Anne Malindine
  • Empire Fighting Chance, Martin Bisp
  • The MAZI Project, Melanie Vaxevanakis
  • The Prince’s Trust, Sam Rae
  • University of Bristol (UoB), Lucinda Parr
  • University of the West of England (UWE), Amanda Coffey
  • Wellspring Settlement, Afzal Shah
  • Youth Moves, Alistair Dale

*Members were elected in March 2022