Children, Young People and Families Trust

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.

Barnsley Children, Young people and Families Trust is 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. In an environment that's constantly changing in terms of policy changes; reducing financial resources; demography and local demand, it's vital that a healthy and productive partnership is maintained.

Key priorities for the locality are informed by the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. 

Our vision, priorities and outcomes

Our vision, strategic priorities and desired outcomes are expressed as ‘365 – make every day count for every child’; they're based upon our collective sign up to the following three vision statements; six strategic priorities, and five outcomes:

Vision

  1. Strong families, strong Barnsley
  2. Every child in a ‘good’ school
  3. Success in learning and work

Strategic priorities

  1. Keeping children and young people safe
  2. Improving education, achievement and employability, including promoting apprenticeships
  3. Tackling child poverty and improving family life
  4. Supporting all children, young people and families to make healthy lifestyle choices
  5. Encouraging positive relationships and strengthening emotional health
  6. Improving staff skills to deliver quality services

Outcomes

  1. Being healthy
  2. Staying safe
  3. Enjoying and achieving
  4. Being an active citizen
  5. Earning a good living

How we support children, young people and families

Our aim is to make sure that every child receives the right support at the right time in the right place, delivered through the right model and at the right cost to achieve the right outcomes for that child. A strong commitment to driving equalities runs through all our work.

Our Children and Young People’s Plan 2016-19 sets out what we intend to do to improve outcomes for children and young people in Barnsley.  It reflects our strong ambition and the strategy and steps being taken to support children, young people and families to achieve their potential.

Children and young people have opportunities through a variety of arenas to influence aspects of the planning, commissioning and delivery of services. Our 365 leaflet for young people, produced with the help of some of our youth councillors, sets out very simply the vision, priorities and outcomes from our children’s plan. Young People from Barnsley’s Youth Council were consulted about the priorities in the 2013-16 Children and Young People’s Plan, and their response was “The priorities are right – get on with it!”

Hear our young people being interviewed about the plan in our video section.

Trust Executive Group (TEG)

The TEG is a small executive group of the wider Trust, chaired by our Executive Director for People.  It meets regularly to make key decisions about how to deliver more ‘joined up’ services for children, young people and families. This includes providing appropriate challenge to individual partners, and to the partnership as a whole, to make sure that the value of partnership working and collaborative effort to improve outcomes for children, young people and families is evidenced.

The TEG is responsible for delivering the Barnsley’s Children and Young People’s Plan; for allocating resources; commissioning high quality services; and monitoring performance. 

TEG meetings are open to the public and press, although a confidential section to the meeting can exclude the public and press in exceptional circumstances, in agreement in advance with the chairperson.

TEG meeting dates - 2017

Date and agenda Time Venue Minutes
20 January  9.30am to 12.30pm Westgate Plaza Boardroom Minutes 20 January
3 March 1pm to 4.30pm Gateway Plaza Boardroom Minutes 3 March 
28 April  9.30am to 12.30pm Westgate Plaza Boardroom  
9 June 9.30am to 12.30pm Westgate Plaza Boardroom  
21 July 9.30am to 12.30pm Westgate Plaza Boardroom  
29 September 9.30am to 12.30pm Westgate Plaza Level 3, Room 3  
13 November 1.30pm to 4.30pm Westgate Plaza Level 3, Room 3                           

TEG minutes

Fill in our enquiry form if you want to see other minutes and papers for Trust Executive Group meetings.              

Key documents

The work we do links closely with the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board and has a direct link to the Health and Wellbeing Board