Staffordshire Children's Trust A practitioners' guide DVD script
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Staffordshire Children’s Trust: A practitioners’ guide DVD script If you work with children in Staffordshire, you may of heard of the Children’s Trust. You might of visited their website, been to a conference or event, or you may have read its regular newsletter, the Acorn. Why should you be interested in the Children’s Trust? How does it affect your day to day work? And why should you get involved in the consultation? What is a Children’s Trust? Children’s Trusts were set up by the government to ensure that all agencies who work with children and young people in the area are working together. A Children’s trust is a partnership between those who decide and buy effective services, and service providers for children, young people and their families. It plans services, looks where improvements need to be made in their area, and works together to make those improvements. Every organisation that works with children has a duty to work with their own local children’s trust and focus on improving the lives of children and young people. What is the Staffordshire Children’s Trust? In Staffordshire there is a Children’s Trust Board at a County level. It is chaired by the county council’s cabinet member for children and young people and members are drawn from the County Council, local district and borough councils, the National Health Service, Connexions, the Police, the voluntary sector and education. Staffordshire has a Children’s Commissioner and Commissioner for Parents who also sit on the Board. Their role is to ensure we are aware of the issues that affect the lives of children, young people, their parents and carers, and that these views influence service design and delivery. A small team supports the Trust Board In each of the eight district areas there is a District Children’s Trust Board, which is made up of representatives of partners who work in that area. Community and learning partnerships work at a very local level, buying and delivering services which are needed in the area. We also have a series of Shadow Trust Boards, both at county and district level. These are representatives of children and young people who live in the area. Who make the County and District’s Children’s Trust Boards make decisions by letting then know what they and other children and young people think about the work of the Trust. Children and Young People’s Plan The plan sets out the priorities that the Trust members are going to work on together to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. It is based on considerable local research about which areas have the greatest need, and on what the public and service users are telling us. The plan runs for three years but each year we submit an update to government, to let them know how we are getting on. It is a very broad ranging plan, covering the five Every Child Matters outcomes, Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well-being. It links to other major county plans as well as the plans and targets for individual services and teams. Each partner takes a lead on some of the outcomes, but we can only achieve better outcomes by all working together. Why we need stakeholders’ views? The Children’s Trust can’t make changes without asking for the views of children, young people and their families and those who work with them about what will work and what won’t. That’s why your views are really important if we are going to make a difference to children in Staffordshire. Your work and the work of your colleagues is at the heart of the children’s trust. The improvements to children’s lives is only possible because of your work every day. That’s why your views are so important. You are the Children’s Trust. Key Titles in bold appear on the DVD and are not read out by the narrator.