Vlaams jeugd- en kinderrechtenbeleidsplan 2015-2019 - Page 7

A government of flanders plan IMPOSED THROUGH A FLEMISH PARLIAMENT ACT It is the fourth time that the Government of Flanders presents a youth policy plan to parliament. As decreed by Flemish Parliament Act, this must be done one year after the start of the Government’s term of office. What is new is that the Flemish children’s rights policy has been integrated entirely for the present policy period. With the youth and children’s rights policy plan the Government of Flanders pursues the following objec- tives for all children and young people up to and including the age of thirty. • To create and guarantee equal opportunities. • To create and guarantee broad development opportunities. • To create space. • To increase the formal and informal participation of children and young people. BUT A REAL EXERCISE IN PARTICIPATION Behind a simple provision in a Flemish Parliament Act lies an intensive process of preparation. The youth and children’s rights policy plan tries to serve as an example of participatory policy with great involvement from children, young people, their organisations and experts. Preparations started in the spring of 2013. An extensive environmental anal- ysis, the Great Priorities Debate, several working groups and feedback through an online survey provided the seedbed for a framework of objectives around 12 priority topics. After that, the competent Ministers were asked to submit their action plans. Finally, the administrations developed projects, processes and indicators. AND MORE THAN WORDS ON PAPER This whole set of objectives, indicators, projects and processes constitutes the Flemish Youth and Children’s Rights Policy Plan 2015 — 2019. The Government of Flanders is now responsible for actually implementing this plan and will issue interim reports after two years. This will allow for midterm adjustments to be made. At the end of the Government’s term of office a final report will be drawn up. 7