Barnsley unveils new Children and Young People’s Plan

The latest Children and Young People’s Plan for the borough has been approved by Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members today (Monday, 24 June).

The plan has been put together on behalf of Barnsley Children, Young people and Families Trust - the local partnership that brings together organisations responsible for providing services for children, young people and families in the borough, who are all working to improve outcomes.

Under the Children’s Act 2004, local agencies have a duty to co-operate to work with the council, to plan, commission or deliver services for children, young people and families, to ensure their safety and well-being, and to improve outcomes from pre-birth to 19 years.

The plan, which runs from 2019 to 2022, outlines how progress that the Barnsley Children and Young People’s Trust and its partners have made since the launch of its last plan in in 2016 will be built upon, to secure better outcomes for Barnsley families at each stage of their life journey.

It will underpin the delivery of range of plans, policies and strategies aimed at achieving the overall vision, strategic objectives and outcomes of the Trust and ensure continuous improvement across priority areas. 

Among the priority areas identified within the plan are: 

  • Inclusion and Engagement
  • Early Help
  • Children’s Mental Health and wellbeing and access to therapeutic services.

Priority areas remain consistent with the last plan with the addition of SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) and transitions. As demonstrated within the plan, a great deal of progress has been made within these areas but there is still more to do to ensure we align with national performance and reduce local/national inequalities. 

Children and Young People have played a central role in the development of the Plan.  Key

partners have been involved in the plans development both at an individual level and as part

of the annual Joint Barnsley Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and Barnsley Trust

Executive Meeting.

Barnsley Youth Council will continue to be involved in the delivery of the

plan and the check and challenge activities which will enable plan objectives to be


The Cabinet report can be read in full here

The plan will be an online document and will be hosted via the Council’s website

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