Children and young people's trust 

The Cheshire East Children and Young People’s Trust (CYPT) is a partnership of organisations who are responsible for services for children, young people and families.

The Trust aims to improve the lives of children and young people in Cheshire East through identifying and commissioning the best services to families. We promote and support good parenting and the funding of services that are preventative or give help to families early as they start to experience difficulties.

Our plan sets out how we will do this over the next three years.

The plan was launched on 21 January 2015. The launch event was led and designed by young people in Cheshire East, who chose a ‘Back to School’ theme. Over a 100 professionals from a wide range of agencies became pupils of 13 young people taking over the role of Teachers.

Professionals were taught all about the Children and Young People’s Plan; the Local Offer in Cheshire East; the importance of tackling neglect; and how we will improve engaging children and young people in decisions that affect them and their communities.

Watch the video of the launch event.

What the children and young people’s trust do

The Children and Young People’s Trust is creating a great place to be young. The Trust is doing this through:

  • listening to and acting on what children, young people, parents, carers, and people who work with families say
  • developing the strategy for improving local services to children, young people and families. This is called the Children and Young People’s Plan
  • developing new ways of working together and promoting joint working
  • planning together and jointly commissioning services, looking at how we can make the most impact for families
  • reviewing what children and young people need in their local area
  • overcoming barriers to sharing and using information
  • making sure that children, young people, families and the professionals that work with them know what they can expect and hold Cheshire East to a high standard
  • making sure that listening to children, young people, parents, carers and workers is part all of services and is used to continually improve services
  • working closely with the Cheshire East Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), a partnership to protect children and young people from harm

Listening to children and young people

We developed a Participation Strategy (PDF, 925KB) with young people to improve how we engage children and young people in decisions that affect them and their communities.

Members of Youth Council attend every meeting and have a slot on every agenda to discuss what children and young people say we need in Cheshire East.

Youth Council represent the views of children and young people at every meeting and challenge professionals to make sure that children and young people are at the heart of all decision making.

The Children and Young People’s Trust recently commissioned the Good Childhood Conversations which is a survey for children and young people on all the key areas of their lives, from family relationships to feelings about the local area. 2,810 children and young people aged 7 – 17, took part in the survey across 23 schools (Primary, Secondary and Special Schools) in Cheshire East. The results of this survey have informed the priorities for the Children and Young People’s Plan which has ensured that the plan reflects and addresses what is important to children and young people in Cheshire East.

The children and young people’s plan

The new  plan for 2015-18 has been agreed and has been put into action.

The priorities for the new plan are to ensure:

  • children and young people will be actively involved in decisions that affect their lives and communities
  • children and young people feel and are safe
  • children and young people experience good emotional and mental health and wellbeing (see Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy 2016-18 PDF, 755KB)
  • children and young people are healthy and make positive choices
  • children and young people leave school with the best skills and qualifications they can achieve and the life skills they need to thrive into adulthood
  • children, young people and young adults with additional needs have better chances in life

How to get involved

We’d love to hear your views on what’s working well and what could be improved.

Contact the Children and Young People’s Trust at ChildrensTrust@cheshireeast.gov.uk

If you are a young person and you would like to get involved in decision making about services in Cheshire East you can join the Youth Council Facebook Group and mailing list

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