The Blue Mountains is a Child and Youth friendly City

Our Goal:

The Blue Mountains is a safe community where people care for young people and see them as being an asset to the community.

Children and young people live in a friendly and welcoming community

Measure:
Proportion of children and young people who when asked to describe their community do so in a positive way
Data:
59% of young people described their community in a positive way (Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018)
Status:
Baseline Measured
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • “Nice, friendly, good”
  • “Kind. Welcoming. Caring”
  • “Great to grow up in”
  • “Everyone is pretty supportive”

Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018

The top words used by youth to describe the community

Ultimate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and Young People feel safe

Measure:
Portion of young people who are satisfied with their safety
Data:
79% of young people reported they felt very happy with how safe they feel (Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018)
Status:
Baseline Measured
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • “I think it is mostly safe at day: Not as much at night”

Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018
Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Measure:
Portion of young people who see a safe community as one that is different to how it is now
Data:
66% of young people see as safe community as DIFFERENT to how things are now (Harwood ASKS on Safety)
11% of young people reported that our community is good as is (Harwood ASKS on Safety)
Status:
Baseline Measured
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • “I think it’s pretty safe but there are some places I feel uncomfortable to be around”
  • “I want our community to have less drugs and alcohol and I want our community to be brighter so more people are happy”

Harwood ASKS on Safety, 2018
Ulitmate Outcome: Being 2

Children and Young People have spaces, places and activities in the community for them

Measure:
Number and proportion of children and young people involved in organised social, sporting or recreational groups.
Data:
72% of young people reported being involved in an organised social, sporting or recreational group (Survey of Resilience and Wellbeing, 2018)
Status:
Baseline Measured
Quotes/Key Findings:
  • “More lights, less graffitti, more spaces to go”
  • “More for youth to do because otherwise there is nothing to do. There is a gap. A lack of good play spaces in the mountains..”

Harwood ASKS on Safety, 2018

Member of a sports or other organised group: Breakdown of age and gender

Ultimate Outcome: Belonging 4

Children and Young People have a voice about what makes their community safe, feel listened to and are respected

Measure:
Proportion of young people engaged in contributing towards a safe community. Total Number, Spread across the Mountains
Status:
Ongoing
Data:
335 young people contributed to the consultations on safety (Harwood ASKS on Safety)

Belonging 4 and Belonging 5

Young people consulted about safety

(Total of 335 people)