KCT C4C Update 3
Editor: Jill Wiles email@example.com 01622 694505
1. CYPP Prioritisation Workshop on 5th July 2010:
There has been a lot of activity since the last „regular‟ meeting of the C4C Team on June 8th.
The last scheduled meeting was used for the CYPP prioritisation process. Although I wasn‟t
able to be there I have had very positive reports about the workshop. Very many thanks to
everyone who gave so generously of their time for this.
The Executive reviewed the evidence from the extensive needs assessment process and
considered the 4 overarching priorities arising from the Prioritisation workshop. The
Priority A - Ensuring a healthy start in life
Priority B - Enabling children to reach their full potential
Priority C - Enabling young people to make positive choices
Priority D - Empowering families to be resilient
After a full discussion the Executive felt that the CYPP priorities should directly reflect the 7
areas of need. There were a number of other recommendations and good ideas from the
workshop and I am preparing a report which will be published shortly.
2. C4C Programme planning, monitoring and reporting:
You will recall that I presented a possible format for reporting against the 7 key actions so
that the C4C Team can maintain an overview. I have continued to work on a format with
Michael Thomas-Sam and James Harman (thankyou to both!) and we will be „testing‟ it out
at our next meeting on 1st September to see if it meets the needs of the team. I will be
asking some of the leads for key actions to use the format to report progress for the work
they have been taking forward over the next few days.
3. Meetings with chairs of existing KCT key groups:
At the June C4C meeting you tasked Joy Ackroyd with meeting the chairs of the most critical
groups working on areas impacted by the C4C programme. These meetings have now taken
place and Joy will report back on what she has agreed in order to ensure the C4C Team add
value to the work of these groups.
4. Updates from the C4C key action leads:
I have compiled this update from communications I have received from the C4C Team leads.
Key Action 3 - Joint Commissioning Framework - John Mitchell reports:
“As you will be aware the Trust already has commissioning and performance management
frameworks in place and so the work required is about refreshing and building on work done
to date. A number of partners and groups were involved in developing the current
framework and associated guidance, including an cross-KCC Commissioning Group
Following discussions with Joy Ackroyd and Helen Jones, KCC CFE's newly appointed Head of
Commissioning, we have agreed to explore moving from the existing KCC group to a multi-
agency group taking forward the further development of the Trust's framework and the C4C
key action 3.
Judy Doherty and Joy are already members of this existing Commissioning Group and I have
been invited to join them at the group's next meeting on 14 September so we can discuss
the way ahead. We will report back to the following C4C Team meeting on 28th September
and take it from there.” John is happy to discuss this further with you should you have any
Key Action 4 – Reduce the no. of LCSPs from 23 to 12 LCTs – Julie Stones reports:
“The task and finish group was not able to meet physically after our first meeting but I was
able to get feedback by e-mail and telephone. Jill Wiles and I met to create a new draft for the
Terms of Reference for LCT Boards incorporating your feedback in the first task and finish
group, consultation with LCSP managers, the joint Heads of Service/LCSP Manager
workshop and individual suggestions from the task and finish group members.
The latest draft (v6) Terms of Reference are attached at the end of this bulletin. We will have
the opportunity to make any final changes before it goes back to the KCT Exec for sign off on 8
September. We also submitted a suggested timeline to the Exec on 16th July which was thought
to be useful and can be built on as we go through the transition period (also attached to this
The issue of LCT support is still under consideration. Tonbridge and Malling Council are leading
on developing a model of support and will pilot it then feed back to the KCT Exec. Support for
the LCT Boards will be discussed at our next meeting.”
Key Action 5 – Integrated local delivery teams – Andrew Hickmott reports
“I have not been able to get the members of my sub group to a meeting and therefore do not
have a group response. Therefore I have put together my understanding of how CFE are
connecting with schools regarding an integrated approach to the commissioning and delivery of
In the reorganisation of CFE, particularly the Specialist Children’s Services group (SCSG), key
appointments (see list below) have been made including the 12 Preventative Services Managers,
who will work closely with Children’s Social Services District Managers and have responsibility
for the delivery of the preventative strategy in their District. Services will follow the priorities
identified for the 2011 CYPP.
Key CFE managers in each of the 12 Districts have been tasked to meet early in September 2010
to prepare for a meeting (see list attached) with all the Head Teachers in their District to
discuss the integrated team approach and the delivery of services to meet the identified
needs of vulnerable children and their families. Directors and Heads of Services will also be
attending these meetings. A further meeting will take place on the 23rd September, led by the
Director of SCSG, Helen Davies, with District management staff to agree a consistent approach
on the management and operation of an integrated CFE service in the Districts.”
District Preventative Services Managers
Dartford Nick Fenton Ashford Helen Anderson
Gravesham Karen Coffey Shepway John Mitchell
Sevenoaks and Carol Healy Swale Lee-Anne Farach
Tunbridge Wells Julie Stones Canterbury Jenny Robson
Tonbridge & George Parkin Thanet Nedine Watson-Cutts
Maidstone Paul Shallcross Dover Alan Rogers
District Heads of Standards and School Improvement - Primary
Ashford Jean Mosley Sevenoaks Caroline Pitt
Canterbury Mitch Moore (October 10) Shepway Val Walton
Dartford Jim Eshelby (October 10) Swale John Truman
Dover Sheila Wilding Thanet Simon Molony
Tonbridge/Malling Rosemary Ferguson Gravesham Sue Tunnicliffe
Maidstone Veronica Smith Tunbridge Keith Ransom
The Secondary team will comprise 4 Secondary District Heads of Standards and School
Improvement. The allocations of districts have been confirmed as:
Districts District Head
Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells / Tonbridge and Malling / Rachel Gough
Dartford / Gravesham / Ashford Matthew Munro
Thanet / Dover / Swale Julia Scannel
Canterbury / Shepway David Smith
Special School arrangements will not change for September.
There will be an update on the CFE restructure at the C4C team meeting on 1st September.
5. The future of Children’s Trusts
You will be aware of the uncertainty nationally about the future of Children‟s Trusts and seen
the email from James Harman regarding Michael Gove's announcements on Trusts:
and the response from the Association of Directors of Children‟s Services:
Kent strategic managers and elected Members are still firmly behind the Children‟s Trust model
and partnership working and whilst the "duty to cooperate" may be under review, there is a
great willingness in Kent to work together to improve outcomes for children and young people.
6. Membership of the C4C Team:
Welcome to Alan Barham who is the Secondary Headteacher rep on the C4C Team, Janice Grant
who is replacing Michael Thomas-Sam during his secondment and Kathy Lambourne who replaces
Andrew Hickmott who is retiring. CFE membership is being reviewed following the CFE
7. Date of next meeting:
The date of our next meeting is 1st September 9am for a 9.30 start – 12.30pm at Oakwood House
in the Garden Room. We will review progress to date and consider whether we are dealing with
the issues which were surfaced by the KCT Commissioning and Delivery Review to enable us to
plan for the next period of the C4C programme.
8. And finally:
My post has been „at risk‟ over the last few months as part of the CFE reorganization. I am
delighted I have now secured a new post as Commissioning Officer in the revamped CFE
Commissioning Unit. I‟ll miss you all - it‟s been great working with such a dedicated and
inspiring group of people. Good luck to Jackie Marks, Extended Schools Development Manager
for Sevenoaks, who will take over my role in the post of Strategic Planning Officer (KCT).
Local Children’s Trust (LCT) Board
Draft Terms of Reference (v6)
1. Purpose of the LCT Board
The Kent Children‟s Trust is committed to improving the well being and life chances of all
children and young people growing up in Kent. It will do this by setting strategic direction and
by working in partnership at strategic and local levels. The LCT Boards are central to
delivering the ambitions of KCT at a district level. They will also provide the vital link
connecting children, young people and families with the broader Children‟s Trust
The role of the LCT Board is to provide strategic leadership to harness the collective efforts
of its partner organisations. While delivery is clearly the responsibility of individual services
the LCT Board will promote a „total place‟ approach to join up delivery where it makes sense
for local communities.
The LCT Board is directly responsible to the KCT Board and works within the framework
agreed by the KCT Executive Commissioning Group and the broader Kent Partnership. This is
a supportive governance relationship whereby a LCT Board can raise issues and seek advice
from the KCT Executive as well as receive direction.
The Local Children’s Trust Board will champion the needs of children, young people and
families and harness collective effort at a District level.
It will fulfil its purpose through:
1. Developing a shared understanding of needs based on centrally prepared multi-
agency data sets and local knowledge and ensuring that any local decisions about
service development are evidence based. Reporting significant trends and issues
to the KCT Executive through a bi-annual report to the KCT Executive
2. Leading an effective participation and engagement strategy across the District to
ensure the views of children, young people and families are clearly heard and
used to inform service development and delivery.
3. Maintaining an overview of the total resources (financial, human and capital)
available for services to children and families within the District, adding to, and
influencing, the resourcing decisions of individual partners.
4. Driving forward multi agency planning to improve ECM outcomes for local
children and young people as agreed with the KCT Executive through a local
CYPP. This may include developing specific projects delivered by partners acting
alone or together.
5. Providing a detailed oversight of performance in key outcome areas and taking
action to address areas of concern including guiding resources and local effort,
challenging partners and reporting commissioning issues to the KCT Executive.
6. Complementing the work of the Kent Children‟s Safeguarding Board (KCSB) to
ensure the effectiveness of local partners‟ work to safeguard and promote the
welfare of children and young people.
7. Championing the needs of local children, young people and families through the
Local Strategic Partnership and other relevant local partnership groups, ensuring
effective coordination of work with other local groups.
8. Ensuring the effective operation of information sharing protocols and integrated
processes including CAF, lead professional and teams around the school, child
and family. Taking action to resolve issues relating to effective implementation.
9. Promoting the concept of one children‟s workforce within the District and
ensuring the effective implementation of the KCT workforce development
10. Developing effective communications across all children‟s services within the
District with a focus on sharing good practice about what works.
The Children Act 2004 as amended by the ASCL Act 2004 lists the partners with a statutory
duty to cooperate in children‟s trust arrangements. All statutory and relevant partners are
represented on the statutory KCT Board. The Local Children‟s Trust Board should include a
senior representative from the following partners with a significant role or influence within
their own organisation, in a position to influence and invest in a number of LCT priorities and
with responsibility for significant resources to support the delivery of the LCYPP. Organisations
represented should have significant reach across the whole District:
District Councils –both officer and elected member representation (The Member
representative will be the nominated District Champion for Children).
County Council member (This will be the chair of the relevant District Youth
Police – Chief Inspector rank
Primary Care Trusts through the Strategic Child Heath Commissioning Team
GP Practice-based commissioning cluster
Communities Directorate, KCC
Children, Families and Education Directorate, KCC - from the Learning Group and
the Specialist Children‟s Services Group
Schools, Academies and FE sector – headteachers and/or Governors
Early years and childcare
Voluntary and community sector
Kent Fire and Rescue
Business community and local community leaders where appropriate
Other representatives should be invited as required for particular aspects of work.
It is essential that the LCT Board has effective arrangements in place to engage children,
young people, parents and carers and the LCT Board may wish to establish a shadow Board
(Further advice is available about this if required). In working with the local voluntary and
community sector the LCT Board will work within the Kent Compact Agreement.
The LCT Board will nominate a champion for Equalities and a champion for participation.
These roles can be undertaken by any member of the Board and are described in Appendix1
3. Chair and Vice Chair
The LCT Board will elect a chair and vice chair from within its existing membership for a two
year term of office. A LCT Board may seek an independent chair if that is considered
necessary to drive forward the local partnership – this should be agreed with the KCT
Executive and will be an expenses only role, if partners are prepared to subsidise this.
Guidance on the role of the chair is available in Appendix2.
4. Finance, Resources and Support
The LCT Board will influence the budget and resourcing decisions of its partner agencies to
ensure a joined-up approach. It will not be a budget-holding group, but could generate
additional local funding through projects or local fund-raising, combining existing resources
etc. The Board should promote openness about the resources available and should develop a
mature oversight in order to influence resourcing decisions.
Note: Support arrangements for the Boards have to be finalised (28/07/10).
5. Statement of Values and declaration of interest
The welfare and development of the child is central to the work of the Trust and all policies,
procedures and service provision will incorporate principles of equal opportunities and
facilitate the involvement of children and families wherever possible.
All LCT members should declare any interest they may have in anything under discussion and
leave the meeting if asked by the chair. This would not normally include interests of a
strategic or general professional nature that would contribute to and enrich partnership work.
However it would include, for example, a discussion of business or employment opportunities
affecting the individual or his/her close family or any other matters where there is any
potential for personal gain. In these situations members would be expected to leave the
meeting. The rule is, „when in doubt declare openly and immediately‟.
6. Reporting arrangements and links with other key groups
The Local Children‟s Trust Board is directly responsible to the KCT Board and will work within
the framework established by the KCT Executive Commissioning Group and the broader Kent
Partnership. Through the CYPP the Executive Commissioning Group will establish parameters
for local decision-making. The LCT Board will have opportunity to develop local approaches
to meet need within the District.
The Local Children‟s Trust Board will maintain effective links with the Local Strategic
Partnership and other local groups and partnerships including:
Local Member Group
Community Safety Partnerships
District Health and Wellbeing groups
The LCTB will link and may establish itself with other local forums and partnership groups
where appropriate including „task and finish‟ groups for specific projects. The Youth
Advisory Groups in the districts will become a subgroup of the LCTB and will provide the
Board with regular reports.
8. Meeting arrangements
The Local Children‟s Trust Board will meet up to 4 times a year. During the set up
phase it is expected that the LCT Board may need to meet more regularly.
Meetings will be planned as part of the wider KCT calendar to ensure effective
working relations with County groups.
The group will be quorate if seven of the agencies listed in section 2 are present.
Key decisions should only be taken when the group is quorate.
Venues and meeting costs will be met by partners on a rotating basis.
9. Review arrangements
These terms of reference will be reviewed in April 2011 and annually thereafter.
Author: Joy Ackroyd - Kent Children’s Trust Partnership Manager and C4C LCT Task and
Date of last update: 29 July 2010 (v6)