A SCHEME that aims to provide the very best in services and support for young people in Hartlepool is expected to be approved next month

Hartlepool Borough Council has carried out borough-wide consultation on the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP), which goes before councillors for final approval on April 13.

Dozens of children, and adults who are involved with young people, have contributed to the plan, which also reviewed by the council's Children's Services Scrutiny Forum.

Under the Children Act 2004, all councils are required to have a CYPP in place for people aged 19 and under by April.

The plan for children is based on five key themes:

* Staying safe;

* Being healthy;

* Enjoyment and achievement;

* Contributing positively;

* Achieving economic well-being.

Priority issues for children and young people in the plan include good schools, wanting the best for children, healthy food, tackling drugs, a settled home life, tackling bullying and crime.

Adrienne Simcock, the council's director of children's services, said: "The consultation has been very thorough and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed. The feedback has been excellent, and it has certainly helped to shape the final plan."

The plan can be viewed at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/ childrensservices/children andyoungpeoplesplan. Alternatively, contact Ann Breward at Hartlepool council on (01429) 284337.