The Redland Shire Council case study has been included as a guide to establishing a partnership between schools and local council staff that enables children to practise democratic processes. The case study includes:
Redland Young Citizens Program
Children's Voice Council 2001
Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today
The Children's Voice Council is an initiative of the Redland Shire Council Young Citizens Program and provides primary school students with the opportunity to have a real voice in their local community.
The Children's Voice Council, or CVC, provides primary school children with an introduction to democratic decision making at a local government level.
All primary schools in the Redland Shire are invited to nominate two CVC representatives. School student representatives must have parental support, as they are required to transport their child to and from CVC meetings and activities.
The CVC represents the strengthening of the links between the Redland Shire Council and schools. Schools play an important role in creating and sustaining a sense of community. School-community partnerships are a powerful means of community development.
The CVC meets four times a year:
The purpose of the Children's Voice Council is to provide primary school children with a voice in their local area. The goals are:
The Children's Voice Council values include: