Children's Trust Partnership
What is Bury Children's Trust Partnership?
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.
The Children's Trust 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 [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.
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 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.
Eyes Wide Open
If you work with children, young people and families, or if you are going into their homes, would you recognise the signs that all is not well and help is needed and would you know what to do? Eyes Wide Open is a campaign to increase awareness and to help to ensure that for children, young people and families, every contact counts.
An Eyes Wide Open multi-agency lesson plan has been developed for the workforce going into people's homes so that if they see something that doesn't look right and might be an issue of concern they know what to do and who to contact for help or advice.
There are regular 1hr lunchtime learning sessions on different issues that affect children and young people so that staff who work with them know what to look out for, what to do and how to find out more, and when you should be seeking more specialist help.
There is an online 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.
On 30 January the lunchtime learning session was about gypsy, roma and traveller children and families:
- Fact sheet - working with children, young people and their families from gympsy, roma and traveller communities [143kb]
The next lunchtime learning session will be about GM Victims' Services: support for victims of crime of all ages, delivered by Hazel Parry, Victims' Services Coordinator, GM Police, Bury Division. It will take place at 12.00pm on 26 March at the New Kershaw Centre. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book a place.
The Children's Trust Partnership weekly e-mail provides local and national information relevant to those who work with children, young people and families. This is disseminated to schools, colleges and public, private and voluntary sector organisations. If you wish to receive the weekly e-mail to find out about networking opportunities and other information relating to children, young people and families in Bury, e-mail email@example.com.