This Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) is the overarching strategy for Hampshire’s Children’s Trust, which represents all those working for, and with, children, young people and their families. It reflects a shared commitment to improving the lives of all children and young people in Hampshire, enabling every child and young person to be talented and successful, making Hampshire an even better place in which to enjoy childhood.
This strategic document cannot, and does not, refer to everything we all do for all children. It sets a framework for what we must do together. The CYPP is relevant to all services, universal, targeted and specialist, but its emphasis must be how we collectively ensure that every child in Hampshire, regardless of their circumstances, has access to the best services and outcomes.
We have work to do. Most of our children and young people achieve good outcomes and go on to lead successful lives as adults, but there are some who do not. In particular, children from poorer backgrounds often do not achieve the success of others. We need to be focused and innovative to make sure that we help – and challenge – them to achieve more.
The Plan is not prescriptive and does not seek to capture every service or initiative. Instead, it provides a strategic framework for local activity, setting out a shared sense of purpose and direction. It is supplemented by a more detailed action plan to guide partners and provide a frame of reference to measure our collective success.
The focus of this Plan is on early help: working together to identify when a child or family need support and helping them to access that support before their difficulties become so great that specialist services are required. This means doing what works best in each community, children’s centre and school, and adopting a whatever it takes attitude. We need to use our collective resource wisely and make a much needed difference to children’s lives.
The Plan also represents Hampshire’s Child Poverty Strategy, recognising the nature of the range of circumstances that can impoverish the lives and outcomes of the county’s children.
To that end, Section 1 of the CYPP sets out some features and circumstances of children and young people which may indicate (not define) vulnerability. Clearly, the more that apply to any individual child, the greater the risk and greater the need for collective action. Therefore, the Plan encompasses childhood poverty in all its forms, not just financial.
There are four key components to this Plan:
We have made significant progress against the priorities in the CYPP 2009-12, including:
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