The Children’s Trust was developed to meet the requirements of the Children Act 2004 for integrated children’s services. The Act established a statutory duty for specific bodies in an area to co-operate to improve the well-being of children and young people (known as the duty to co-operate).
Over the last year, statutory guidance on Children’s Trusts was withdrawn and the regulations around children and young people’s plans revoked. Although this reduces statutory requirements for partners, the duty to co-operate and the requirement for each local authority to have a Children’s Trust Board remain in place. A shared commitment to improving the lives of children, young people and families is as important as ever, therefore our Children’s Trust continues to represent a wide range of partners (in addition to those covered by the duty to co-operate).
Hampshire Children’s Trust consists of four key parts:
Over the last three years, there have been significant changes affecting Children’s Trust partners, particularly the evolving national frameworks for schools, children’s social care and public health. At the same time, we have needed to respond to reduced budgets and increased demand for some services. The Children’s Trust has a key role in translating national policy into effective local practice and ensuring that, through strong partnership working, we make the most of available resources.