Wednesday, July 5, 2023

WAVE Trust are pleased to note that Dundee has become the sixth local authority in Scotland to pass a motion in support of the 70/30 Campaign to reduce child maltreatment (abuse, neglect, domestic violence) by 70% by 2030.

The motion - which was brought to Dundee Council on Monday 26th June - was passed as following:

1. notes the work of the WAVE Trust and its 70/30 campaign to reduce levels of child abuse, neglect and domestic abuse by 70
per cent by 2030;

2. notes that over 700 MPs, MSPs, MLAs, MSs, mayors and local councillors have endorsed the campaign across all political parties, including various Scottish local authorities;

3. recognises the role that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) plays in the entrenchment of intergenerational health and income inequalities and the loss of over £20 billion per year to the UK economy;

4. and - recognises the excellent preventative work already being carried out by the City Council’s Children and Families Service including its comprehensive early years strategy to prevent harm to children before it happens, ensuring that all parents are supported to give their children the best possible start in life.

5. It therefore agrees that the City Council should engage with the WAVE Trust with regard to its approach to achieving 70/30, to ensure that all relevant actions and policies are implemented and embedded within the culture and processes of the City Council.

Alex Williamson, WAVE Trust's Public Affairs Officer and Ambassador Coordinator, said: "I wish to extend WAVE's thanks and gratitude to Dundee Council for becoming the latest council in Scotland to give their support to our 70/30 Campaign.

"We very much look forward to speaking with the council and exchanging our ideas on how to effectively prevent child maltreatment."

Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, said ' The Wave Trust campaign is one that is central to the wellbeing and support of many of our communities most vulnerable people.. Sadly, as a city with significant social inequalities, we know only too well the importance of this work and that is why it is so important that we put words into action. The council was unanimous in its support and we intend to work with Wave and others to deliver for people in our communities."


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