Children & Young People's Strategy 2018-2023
Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
This report requests CEB to agree the Children
& Young Person Strategy for public consultation
The Head of Community Services had submitted a report seeking agreement to the commencement of the consultation process for the draft Children & Young People’s Strategy 2018-2023.
Cllr Tidball, Board Member for Young People, Schools and Public Health, introduced the report. The Strategy would be underpinned by three principles:
1. Preventative led provision;
2. Equality, inclusion and engagement of young people; and
3. Facilitating effective partnership working
The Strategy sought to focus on three key outcomes for CYP, that they should be healthy and safe; connected; and productive.
She noted that whereas the County Council’s role in relation to Children and Young Persons (CYP) was now effectively limited to its statutory obligations, the City provided open access opportunities.
Central to the Strategy was the introduction of a ‘zoning’ methodology which focuses on partners working together on shared outcomes across a locality area. This aspect of the Strategy offered some opportunities for co-operation with the County Council and it was proposed to work with the County to set up a pilot impact zone in the City to focus on improving the outcomes for CYP in that locality.
In discussion there was acknowledgement of the need to take account of those CYP who may cross the City boundary for one reason or another. In relation to this point, Cllr Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, noted that many CYP and volunteers who engage with City activities come from outside the City. The critical importance to the Strategy of partnership with others was noted as was the regret at the County’s significant diminution of non-statutory support for CYP in the City such as the loss of Children’s Centres and Youth Clubs.
There was widespread acknowledgment of the importance of the health element of the partnership and the particularly acute pressures faced by the CAMHS service. This concern was raised by Cllr Tidball at every opportunity at both the Children’s Trust and Health & Wellbeing Board.
Members commended the Strategy as an excellent piece of work.
The City Executive Board resolved to:
1. Agree the pre consultation version of the Children & Young People’s Strategy; and
2. Agree to commence the consultation process on the draft Children & Young People’s Strategy.
Report author: Ian Brooke
Publication date: 28/02/2018
Date of decision: 13/02/2018
Decided at meeting: 13/02/2018 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)