Children and Young People's Strategy 2019-22
Our vision for the Children Young People's Strategy is for:
'County Durham will be a great place for children and young people to grow up in and for Durham to be a place where all children are healthy, happy, safe and achieving their potential'.
What is the Children and Young People's Strategy?
This is the single overarching, multi-agency strategy for the delivery of priorities for children and young people in County Durham.
The responsibility for producing it rests with the Children and Families Partnership for County Durham.
How was the Children and Young People's Strategy put together?
The refresh of the Children Young People's Strategy (CYPS) has been informed by the Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) and a number of policy drivers.
The strategy has been prepared jointly by all public services and voluntary and community services including the Council, local health services and the police who work together to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families through the Children and Families Partnership.
A Student Voice survey took place in both primary and secondary schools in County Durham. Of the 204 primary schools 97 participated (3,719 students) and 20 of the 33 secondary schools (5,640 students). In total, more than a third of all eligible students in County Durham participated in the engagement; results from the survey informed the CYPS.
Engagement has taken place with a number of children and young people aged 4 to 22 within County Durham through two Investing in Children agenda days. Children and Young People from different groups within Investing in Children, including young people with SEND, Children in Care, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) and different areas across County Durham have had the opportunity to have their voice heard and views listened to. This enables us to evaluate children and young people's perceptions of current issues within education, health, special needs/disabilities and emotional wellbeing. The issues which young people consider important to them include:
- Children and young people feel they need more support when leaving school to get into further education, training or employment.
- Young people reported that they would benefit from receiving more life skills at school.
- Bullying appears to be apparent across the age groups. Children and young people reported that more needs to be done within school policies to ensure this is dealt with properly.
- Children and young people reported a lack of financial resources which negatively impacts on experiences in and out of school and therefore impacts on overall health and wellbeing.
- The need to feel safer at home, school and in the community with consistent stability from parents, guardians and teachers was highlighted for all children and young people including those looked after.
- Children and young people felt that parental drug and alcohol misuse had negative impacts on overall health and wellbeing.
The results of the agenda days informed the CYPS.
Children and young people attend each meeting of the Children and Families Partnership to raise issues that affect them. Feedback on the actions taken forward by the Children and Families Partnership is fed back to the children and young people to ensure accountability and transparency. Any health related issues that are raised are fed into the Health and Wellbeing Board for information or action through the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
How will the Children and Young People's Strategy make a difference?
The strategy will be implemented by County Durham's Children and Families Partnership. The partnership is committed to delivering better outcomes for children and young people in County Durham.
Child Poverty: Plan on a Page 2018-2020
A Child Poverty Plan on a Page has been developed for County Durham, which outlines the vision, key priorities, measures of success and key deliverables to address child poverty.