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The Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016 - 2019

The Children, Young People and Families Plan (CYPFP) for County Durham outlines a three year vision for improving services for children and young people.

Our vision for the Children, Young People and Families Plan is that:

'All children, young people and families believe, achieve and succeed'.

What is the Children, Young People and Families Plan?

The Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016-2019 is the single overarching, multi-agency plan 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.

Download Children, Young People, and Families Plan 2016/19 (PDF, 1Mb)

How was the Children, Young People and Families Plan put together?

The refresh of the Children Young People and Families Plan (CYPFP) has been informed by the Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) and a number of policy drivers.

Engagement has taken place with children and young people including young carers and their families, voluntary and community sector organisations, NHS partners, local authority colleagues, Education partners, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Durham Constabulary, Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Area Action Partnerships.

A Student Voice survey was undertaken in 25 out of 32 secondary schools in the County, with responses received from over 8,000 students; results from the survey have also informed the CYPFP.

The Health and Wellbeing Board hosted an engagement event in November 2015, which was attended by over 260 people. This included a workshop on the Children and Young People Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Plan for County Durham 2015-2020. Feedback from this event has been taken into account in the refresh of the CYPFP.

As in previous years, Investing in Children has undertaken a number of engagement events with children and young people to consult on the strategic objectives in the CYPFP. This has included children with disabilities and children in care.

In addition, views were sought on health priorities through North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) 'Try it Out' Young People's Patient Congress and with young carers through the 'Family Action Young Carers Group'.

The issues which young people consider important to them include:

  • Access to quality education and advice regarding sexual health
  • Support for young people and families around risk taking behaviour including drinking, drugs and unprotected sex
  • Prevalence of self-harm in young people
  • Emotional health and wellbeing/stress of young people
  • Develop opportunities for Peer Support networks
  • Provide opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities
  • Better promotion of services available to children, young people and families

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, Young People and Families Plan make a difference?

The plan will be implemented by County Durham's Children and Families Partnership. The partnership is committed to delivering better outcomes for children, young people and their families in County Durham.  Progress against the Delivery Plan will be reported six monthly to the Children and Families Partnership.

The Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016/2019 Delivery Plan

The Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016/19 Delivery Plan will include more detailed actions outlining the work that will take place to achieve the Strategic Actions in the Children, Young People and Families Plan which includes target dates for when actions will be achieved.        

You can download a copy of Children Young People and Families Plan 2016/19 Delivery Plan below: 

Children, Young People and Families Plan 2016 / 2019 Delivery Plan (PDF, 1Mb)

We want your views...

We hope you find the CYPFP useful. If you have any comments that could inform future reviews and development of the document please email: CFP@durham.gov.uk

Further information

If you have any queries or need further information, please get in touch with us using the contact details below.

Contact Details

Children, Young People and Families Plan
Planning, Policy and Partnerships Team
Durham County Council
County Hall
Durham
County Durham

Tel: 03000 265 141
Email: CFP@durham.gov.uk