Mid Coast 4 Kids is a collective impact initiative that brings together like minded people, in a structured way to achieve social change. We share a common agenda, that is:
“Children are valued, supported, respected, protected, provided for and actively included to enable them to live well and free from harm”.
We communicate continually and work together collaboratively to ensure our efforts maximise the end result – that is improved outcomes for children, young people and families.
We are committed to measuring our progress to ensure what we do works and we have a strong backbone in Communities for Children, who orchestrate our activities and ensure our sustainability.
Vision: Mid Coast 4 Kids is a community based initiative designed to support children and young people to make a safe, supported and successful transition from childhood through to adulthood.
Evidence: Mid Coast 4 Kids recognises the first 2000 days in a child’s life are a critical time for physical, cognitive, social and emotional health and development. We recognise that early life experiences are strongly predictive of how a child will learn and grow and these impacts will extend across their lifespan.
Research: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to using the most up to date Australian and International research and evidence to bring a new level of rigour to early intervention practices on the Mid Coast.
Voice: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to robust exploration of local systems issues, prioritising community voices and local experts in the field.
Collaboration: Mid Coast 4 Kids advocates for effective community, government and partner agency collaboration to deliver a strong, evidence based system of care and support for children, young people and families.
Evaluation: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to robust evaluation of local systems change initiatives to ensure actions are effective and provide opportunities for shared learning.
Leadership: Mid Coast 4 Kids will provide leadership and development opportunities to Mid Coast communities to build their capacity to recognise and respond to systems issues across a range of contexts.