Somerset Children’s Trust is a local area partnership. It is led by Somerset County Council, and it brings together the key agencies responsible for commissioning and delivering services to children, young people and their families in Somerset.
Somerset Children’s Trust is the point at which all services come together to agree how to identify and the needs of all children and young people in the county, to deliver the duties and priorities of each constituent service. The Trust also aims to ensure that the efforts of partners are joined up to bring added value to improve outcomes for children and young people.
The Somerset Children’s Trust Executive meets four times a year.
The Somerset Children’s Trust Board meets twice a year.
Somerset Children’s Trust Executive Key Responsibilities
- To contribute to a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which reflects children and young people’s needs in the area and takes account of other partners’ views
- To oversee the preparation, review and implementation of the The Somerset Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2019-22
- to reflect identified local need
- To identify and agree joint commissioning priorities, which will inform the annual work programme based on identified need for children and young people, national drivers, partners strategies and commissioning plans and local service reviews
- To ensure alignment of priorities with Somerset’s Improving Lives Strategy
- To promote health and wellbeing through preventative approaches by working towards public health outcomes for children, young people and families in line with the Improving Lives Strategy
- To ensure that the voice of children, young people and their parents/carers is heard
- To use various local participation groups of children, young people and parent carers as reference groups, inviting comment and feedback, for example, on the Children and Young People’s Plan and progress against the plan, and to work with other identified groups of children and young people dependent on areas of work
Somerset Children’s Trust Board Key Responsibilities
- To act as a professional/expert reference group for the Executive to consult on commissioning intentions
- To hold the Executive to account for delivery of the agreed commissioning priorities
- To sign off the The Somerset Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2019-22
- and ensure that it is reviewed annually
- To monitor progress against the delivery of The Somerset Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2019-22
- To ensure the voice of children, young people and their parents and carers is heard
- To work together to foster robust and constructive relationships between partners, ensuring that any gaps or overlaps in service delivery are addressed
Somerset Children’s Trust Partners
Collectively the Somerset Children’s Trust partners achieve Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 which places them under the ‘duty to cooperate’ with a view to improving the wellbeing of children in the authority’s area so far as relating to:
- physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
- protection from harm and neglect
- education, training and recreation
- the contribution made by them to society
- social and economic wellbeing
Contact the team
Contact: Children’s Services, Partnership Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 01823 355229