Bury Children's Partnership
Bury Children's Partnership Arrangements
The Children's Act 2004 introduced 'Children's Trust' arrangements. The principle behind these arrangements is that stronger partnerships, greater integration of services and a shared purpose for all those working with children, young people and families leads to better services.
From 31 October 2010 the Department for Education (DfE, 2012) withdrew statutory guidance on Children's Trusts, but the requirement for local authorities and partners to have a Children's Trust Board and the wider duty to cooperate to improve children's wellbeing, as set out in S10 of the Children's Act 2004, remains in force. Local Authorities have the flexibility to ensure that their Children's Trust Board suits their local context and in common with many other areas Bury has adapted our Children's Trust Board arrangements to a Children's Partnership arrangement.
Bury Children's Partnership brings together partners from a very wide range of agencies to work together to help children and young people in Bury be the best that they can be; in particular, those children and young people who for many different reasons face more barriers than their peers. Bury Children's Partnership arrangements are led by Bury Children's Strategic Partnership Board.
Bury Children's Strategic Partnership Board
The Children's Strategic Partnership Board is chaired by the Executive Director of Children's Services and brings together senior personnel from key partner organisations with responsibility for the wellbeing of children and young people. The Board is part of the all age partnership arrangements led by the Bury Systems Board and which include the development of joint commissioning arrangements in Bury.
The Board sets the principles and high-level direction for children's health, care and education commissioning (in its widest sense). It provides strategic leadership, direction and challenge, driving through policy and service development to improve outcomes for all children and young people in Bury.
The Priorities defined by the Children's Strategic Partnership Board will be set out in the Bury Children & Young People's Plan (2021-24) currently under development.
The Board is supported in its work by three Partnership sub groups, the Starting Well & Early Help Partnership Board, the Strategic Education Board and the SEND Assurance Board.
Co-producing with Children, Young People & Parents/Carers
Developing a culture whereby children, young people and families have a strong voice and co-produce developments and services that affect them is fundamental to Bury Children's Strategic Partnership Board. The Board is supported in this by the Co-production & Participation sub group.
The Bury Children's Trust Partnership Participation Strategy [325kb] sets out the vision, principles and benefits of participation and provides guidance and indicators of good practice for all services working with children, young people and families.
The Participation Strategy lists helpful documents to support good practice such as the Bury Youth Participation Toolkit with COVID [256kb]. For participation advice and copies of helpful documents, e-mail email@example.com.
NB A new Co-production and Participation Strategy is currently under development.
Bury Children & Young People's Forum
Bury Children & Young People's Forum provides a platform for voluntary, community and faith organisations that work with children, young people and families in Bury. The Forum is an integral part of Bury's Children's Partnership arrangements and is represented on the Children's Strategic Partnership Board and forms part of the Bury Voluntary, Community & Faith Alliance (VCFA).
The CYP Forum newsletter [1Mb] provides examples of the work of a small sample of voluntary, community and faith organisations working with families in Bury.
The Children's Strategic Partnership Board is leading a transformational whole-system approach to Early Help in Bury. This is set out in the Children’s Trust Partnership Early Help Strategy [280kb]. Partner agencies are working together to develop a shared understanding and common strengths-based approach to recognising and responding to need that is empowering for children, young people and families.
A significant change has been the development of a new Early Help delivery model. This is locality based and linked to schools and other agencies to ensure clear pathways for children and young people to get the right help at the right time.
A new Early Help assessment 'The Story So Far' puts the voice of the child/family at the centre and brings together information from all agencies involved with the child/family in order to agree a coordinated early help plan that builds on the strengths of the child/family and supports them to overcome difficulties and challenges.
Children's Partnership Network
The Network is the means by which Bury's children's workforce from across a broad range of agencies can be partners in Bury Children's Partnership; be abreast of developments; share knowledge and understanding of issues that affect children and young people in Bury and different services that provide support; share good practice; build contacts and working relationships; and work together to co-design and co-produce services and initiatives to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. Network opportunities are provided through events; workshops, task & finish activities; weekly bulletins and lunchtime learning sessions.
Children's Partnership Weekly bulletin
A weekly bulletin of local, regional and national updates relevant to people working with (or living with) children, young people and families in Bury is sent out. If you would like to sing up for the Children's Partnership weekly bulletin, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (see related pages).
Children's Partnership lunchtime learning sessions increase awareness of issues that affect children and young people, how we can provide help and support and when/where to refer. The sessions are free for anyone who works with children and young people in Bury to attend. These 1 hour sessions are currently being run online. For information about forthcoming sessions e-mail email@example.com.