West Cheshire Children’s Trust

200_childrenWest Cheshire Children’s Trust is a partnership which is made up of organisations from the public, voluntary, community and faith sectors that commission or provide services for children and young people and their families in West Cheshire.

Children and young people are simply not recipients or consumers of the services we provide. The partnership believes that our services should be shaped designed and evaluated by those who use them. Our current systems are being improved so that the voice of the child is heard, recorded and acted upon in all the work we do including.

  • Children in Care Council (CICC)
  • Cheshire West and Chester Young People’s Senate, which includes the UK Youth Parliament representatives for CWAC
  • Disabled Children’s Champion Group – Sorter Outers
  • School Councils
  • Youth Projects Members’ Committee e.g. Amplify (young people working with staff in the running of the club/project)
  • Patient Participation Group
  • School’s Champions for Commissioning (representatives of children from all special schools and mainstream school)
  • Parent/Carer Forum (parents participate in reforms around SEN – co-producing new policy/recommendations)
  • Creation of new Emotional Health and Wellbeing Board – children and young people have been at the heart of its development.

The partnership includes Cheshire West and Chester Council, schools and colleges, voluntary sector services, health services, Police, Probation Service, Youth Offending Service, Jobcentre Plus, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB), Fire and Rescue Service and many more.

West Cheshire Children’s Trust is committed to ensuring that the safeguarding of children and young people lies at the heart of everything that we do. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and protecting them from significant harm is everyone’s business and therefore dependent on effective joint working between agencies and professionals to ensure that this happens at all times.

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Children’s Trust work together to ensure that children and young people in West Cheshire are protected and supported.

Vision

In West Cheshire we will work together to support families to keep children happy, healthy and safe.

West Cheshire Children’s Trust Strategic Outcomes

The Children and Young People’s Plan is based on evidence taken from past performance, needs assessments and agreed priorities with our partners. The Children and Young People’s Plan sets a clear direction for the West Cheshire Strategic Partnership for the next 4 years. The strategic partnership has agreed the following strategic outcomes:

  1. To promote and improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families (Emotional Health and Wellbeing).
  2. To support our Children in Care and Care Leavers to enable them to achieve their full potential (Children in Care and Care Leavers).
  3. The needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability are met (SEND).
  4. Intervening in a joined up way at the earliest possible stage to prevent problems escalating with children, young people and their families (Prevention).
  5. To promote the development of children in the Early Years so that the gap in outcomes between vulnerable children and their peers is closed (Early Years Closing the Gap).