The Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) is the overarching strategy for Hampshire’s Children’s Trust, setting the direction and priorities for services for children, young people and families in the county over the next three years. This plan cannot possibly cover all of the services all of the partners provide, nor is it the Children's Services Departmental Plan. It is a plan which sets out in headlines what all services need to do, universal, targeted and specialist, to improve outcomes for our children, with a necessary emphasis on what more can be done to assist the most vulnerable and most excluded.
Over the last six years (since our first Plan), we have had visible success in bringing together a wide range of organisations working with children and young people, to improve outcomes. We should be enormously proud of what we have achieved so far. Ofsted recently rated our partnership working as outstanding, commenting that "the Children’s Trust and local partnerships are all firmly established and able to demonstrate substantial achievement in driving forward good quality services for children and young people”.
However, we are not complacent. We know there is more to do, because all Hampshire’s children and young people deserve the best. We also know that we can achieve more together than separately, so we remain committed to joint working through the Children’s Trust and Local Children’s Partnerships. Reduced statutory requirements give us the opportunity to focus on what works well locally; and this Plan provides the strategic framework for all those working with children and young people in the county. We also welcome the revised statutory guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services and the Lead Member for Children’s Services which reinforce the importance of this partnership plan.
This Children and Young People’s Plan will be implemented during a period of major change for us all. The backdrop of significant reductions in resources makes it imperative that we work together to do things in the most effective way. Our collective strength places us in a good position to respond to these challenges, and the concept of accountability based on outcomes is as important as ever.
The focus of this Plan is on early help for children, young people and families, combined with high-quality, more specialist services targeted to those who need them most in order to narrow the gap in outcomes. Being from a minority group should not, but sometimes does, signify potential disadvantage. Effective early help relies on genuine integrated working, of exactly the kind we have in Hampshire.
Thank you for your continued commitment and support for improving outcomes for Hampshire’s children and young people. We look forward to continuing to work with you in making this new Plan a reality and making Hampshire a place where children enjoy a good childhood.
Cllr Roy Perry
John Coughlan CBE