Improving outcomes for children and young people through partnership in Children's Trusts: a small-scale survey in six local authorities to evaluate the impact of Children’s Trusts arrangements on improving outcomes for children and young people

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Great Britain. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (England)
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3 November 2010
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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A Children's Trust is not an entity in itself but comprises all the arrangements and partnerships between organisations that have a role in improving outcomes for children and young people. Organisations that are required to cooperate in the arrangements are termed statutory partners and include the services of the local authority, the primary care trust, the police, schools, further education and sixth-form colleges and Jobcentre Plus. Non-statutory partners such as third sector organisations should be represented in the arrangements for Children’s Trusts in a way that best suits local circumstances. This survey evaluates the impact of Children’s Trusts on improving the lives of children and young people, and particularly those whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable. Inspectors visited six local authorities during the autumn of 2009 and spring of 2010 and held initial discussions with members of the Children’s Trusts in those areas. A second visit was made to each local authority to observe the work of front-line services engaged directly with children and young people. Case studies illustrate the links between partnerships through the strategic work of the Children’s Trusts and effective practice with individual children and young people. In all six local authorities visited, the Children’s Trust provided the focal point for strategic work across the services that come into contact with children and young people and strongly influenced arrangements for networking at all levels, evidenced by good cooperation, integrated services and joint commissioning and planning.

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