Cheshire East Children’s Trust brings all partners with a role
in improving outcomes for children together to agree plans and
prioritise their services to improve children’s well-being and to
ensure services work closely together - particularly on issues
where partnership working is essential to make progress.
The Trust produces a joint 3 year plan known as the Children and
Young People’s Plan -CYPP, which is updated every year.
Planning ahead – the Cheshire East Children and Young People’s
The Trust brings together services which support children, young
people and their families, such as; the Council with its Family
Information Service, health services, the Police, the Youth
Offending Service, Connexions and schools.
The Cheshire East Children and Young People’s Trust’s priorities
- To help Children and Young People keep and feel safe;
- To support individuals and families as early as possible;
- To help Children and Young People feel good about themselves
“Whether children and young people have concerns are about
childcare, education, health or even domestic violence – the
Cheshire East Children and Young People’s Trust is there to work
together to make sure Children and Young People are healthy, feel
safe, can achieve their potential and are able to feel part of
where they live.
The plan was created following consultation with Children and
Young People – the authority is keen to hear from people who have
found the information useful or have want to be involved in the
improvement of services provided to Children, Young People and
their families by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
. We have also created an accessible text version of the leaflet
for visitors who use assistive technology.
Who are the key players?
The Children's Trust board is made up of senior officers from
across children's services including the Local Authority, Police,
Health Services, Schools, Colleges and Voluntary Sector. Everyone
that has a stake or interest in outcomes for children has a voice
and can participate in the planning and review process, this
includes parents, children and other agencies that do not sit on
the main Board. The Board is Chaired currently by the Director of
How will we deliver our priorities?
What do our Children and Young People tell us?
The voice of children and young people is important to the Trust
and a report was shared that brought together results from
consultation and participation activity across our partners to
share what’s important to our children and young people. Children
and young people want to;
- Feel involved and supported by well promoted, accessible
services with well skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
- Have something to do/places to go that are relevant,
appropriate to need, of benefit to them and distract from negative
- Engage through accessible/cool/up to date methods.
- Know that agencies are joining up to understand and address
One Minute Guides
Cheshire East Council, along with its partners in the Children's
Trust and Local Safeguarding Children's Board, offers a range of
services for children, young people and their families and
carers. For more information check out the Children and Families One Minute Guides. The
following one minute guides give a brief summary of some of the
relevant service areas that we are working on together. These
have been put together to help everyone have a better understanding
of what we are doing, why we are doing it and who is involved.
Briefing (PDF, 307KB)
- Joint protocol
for 16/17 year olds presenting as homeless (PDF, 103KB) - These
papers set out our strategy and include a multi agency protocol and
responsibilities for Key Stakeholders in respect of 16/17 year olds
in Cheshire East who present as homeless.
Commissioner’s Take Over Day - Takeover Day gives children and
young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be
involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity
to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while
adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they
- Cheshire East’s
Troubled Families Programme (PDF, 55KB) - A key update to
highlight why we are carrying out the programme, it’s links to our
early help offer, next steps and key contacts.
- Let’s Improve our Future
Together Newsletter (Autumn 2012) (PDF, 642KB) - The
is a new initiative providing unique and tailored support to
families across Cheshire.
- LIFT Update
Report - August 2012 (PDF, 204KB)
Project One Minute Guide - August 2012 (PDF, 454KB)
- Persistent Absence
across Cheshire East for the period September 2011-February 2012
(PDF, 72KB) - This short report is an update regarding
whole school attendance and Persistent Absence across Cheshire East
for the period September 2011-February 2012.
The Trust Board will meet as follows:
- Thursday 8th November 2012, 2pm - 5pm, Westfields Fred Flint
- Thursday 24th January 2013, 9.30am-12.30pm, Westfields
- Thursday 21st March 2013, 9.30am-12.30pm, Westfields CS1+2
- Wednesday 5th June 2013, 9.30am-12.30am, Westfields CS1+2
Summary of Our Last Meeting
Children’s Trust summary of meeting held on 8th November
Another well attended and busy meeting, with key partners
focusing on how the Children’s Trust will use it’s work on offering
effective early help to contribute to the starting and living well
elements of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This will help
the Children’s Trust focus on this area of work in its plans for
The Trust received a presentation on the revised Joint Strategic
Needs Assessment. This highlighted some gaps in the provision of
intelligence to inform future commissioning intentions. Further
work has now been identified to address this gap in knowledge in an
integrated way to inform the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
The Trust recognises that all this work along with the plans
presented to them by Public Health are now beginning to link
together to embed and maintain an effective partnership approach to
achieving better outcomes for Children, Young people and their
The Trust discussed mechanisms for ensuring the delivery of its
major work programmes through two sub groups
- The Youth Management Board which will take the lead on the
Cheshire East Youth Strategy and concentrate on those young people
who require targeted support.
- The Early Help Group which will take the lead on initiatives
such as Troubled Families and our partnership offer of ‘early
help’. Also discussed was a new way of accessing social care
services enabling a single point of entry ensuring that through
partnership working and early intervention work, we are all clear
about the levels of need and the interaction between partners
required to support children young people and their families
The next meeting of the Children’s Trust will take place
on Thursday 24th January 2013, 9.30am-12.30pm, Westfields
Information about previous meetings of
the Children's Trust.
Cheshire East Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
The Cheshire East Local
Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the key statutory
mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local
area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of
children in Cheshire East and for ensuring the effectiveness of
what they do. Our aim is to work together so that children in
Cheshire East can be safe from abuse or harm at home and within our
community. This site provides information for the public, children,
parents, carers and professionals. The Director of Children’s
Services sits on this Board as well as the Children’s Trust
ensuring synergy and good communicative work between the Board and
the other partnerships.
Links to Partner sites