Inclusivity, aspirations, and support are the three words I most associate with the Children’s Charter. What I believe is so effective and special about this set of ten pledges is the unity it provides Bristol as a city. Now more than ever, the youth of Bristol have the opportunity to make an impact on Bristol culturally, politically, and socially because the Children’s Charter sets out aims to protect and care for Bristol’s young people.

I come from a large family and currently have over ten cousins under the age of ten. As the oldest cousin, I have watched them grow, learn to walk, talk, have their first argument at school with a friend, cry. They are lucky; they have food, a warm house, and access to parks to meet and play with their friends. It’s these types of opportunities that have shaped them as people and will continue to do so. What’s amazing about the charter is it enables the city to unite in the common interest of ensuring all young people can benefit from these same opportunities. It ensures all children are supported and are able to learn about the world around them.

The charter’s inclusivity and adaptability across both public and private sectors means that all can join to try to make a difference and implement change. And the Children’s Charter is not a sole example of this sentiment in Bristol’s politics. The One City Plan, in which the Children’s Charter lies, also showcases common themes and aims that the city’s leaders can get behind in order to implement real change. This concept of real, tangible change for the children and young people of Bristol is integral to coming up with common themes and pledges to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the city. The aspirations the charter provides Bristol as a city to diminish inequalities is encouraging to me as it gives me hope that less and less children will have disadvantaged childhoods in Bristol and more can prosper and enjoy this city for all its qualities.

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