Children's Trust Partnership

Bury Children's Trust Partnership Arrangements

Children's Trust Partnership arrangements were introduced in the Children's Act 2004. 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.

Bury Children's Trust Partnership brings together partners from a wide range of agencies with a shared commitment to helping children and young people be the best that they can; in particular those, who for many different reasons face more barriers than their peers.

Bury Children's Strategic Partnership Board

The Children's Strategic Partnership Board has responsibility for ensuring that all partners work together to improve outcomes for children and young people in Bury. The Board is responsible for setting priorities and for ensuring improvements for children, young people and families. The Board is chaired by the Executive Director of Children's Services and brings together senior personnel from the key partner organisations.

Participation of Children and Young People

Developing a culture whereby children, young people and families participate and have a strong voice in developments and services that affect them is a fundamental to the Bury Children's Trust Partnership. The pdf icon 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 pdf icon Youth Participation Toolkit with COVID [256kb].  For participation advice and copies of helpful documents, e-mail

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 Trust Partnership arrangements and forms part of the Bury Voluntary, Community & Faith Alliance (VCFA).

The pdf icon CYP Forum newsletter [1Mb] provides examples of the work of a small sample of voluntary, community and faith organisations working with families in Bury.

Early Help

The Children's Trust Partnership Board is leading a transformational whole-system approach to Early Help in Bury. This is set out in the pdf icon Children’s Trust Partnership Early Help Strategy [353kb]. 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.

pdf icon Early Help seven minute briefing [399kb]

There is an online External Link Early Help Toolkit on Bury Directory which provides short fact sheets and links to further information and support on different issues that affect children and young people.

Children's Trust Partnership Network

The Network is the means by which staff across a broad range of agencies can be involved in Children's Trust developments, increase understanding of what is going on, make contacts and share knowledge and good practice. Network opportunities are provided through events; workshops, task & finish activities; briefings and awareness raising sessions.

Lunchtime Learning

Children's Trust 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 the forthcoming sessions e-mail


Contact for Bury Children's Partnership