Children and Young People's Plan and Needs Assessment

The Children and Young People’s Plan 2017 to 2020 (pdf, 2.0 MB) sets out the direction and goals for the Council and its strategic partners. Covering all services for children and young people up to the age of 19, and up to the age of 25 for care leavers and young people with learning disabilities.

The Children and Young People's Plan

The Children and Young People's Plan sets out a picture of how we can ensure our youngest residents have the best possible outcomes in life. It is a guide for statutory, community and voluntary service providers to help them ensure they match local needs and offer the best advantages when planning the work they do with children and young people up to the age of 19, and up to the age of 25 for care leavers and young people with learning disabilities.

The plan has been developed by us, in association with Achieving for Children (AfC), on behalf of the Children’s Strategic Partnership, a group which brings together key organisations to ensure collaborative working and targeted services across the range of provision for all young people in this borough. These organisations include the Metropolitan Police, Public Health, the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Richmond upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service (RCVS) and AfC.

As well as the Children’s Strategic Partnership, this plan is strategically aligned to the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Richmond Partnership, the multi-agency partnership group working in the best interests of the borough and its residents.

The values within the plan

This plan champions values which will tackle inequality and create opportunities for Richmond’s children and young people. These values should ensure that:

  • All children and young people are safe and healthy
  • All children and young people have the right to an ordinary life
  • All children and young people are able to participate, enjoy and achieve
  • That services provide early help for children, young people and their families when it is needed
  • Organisations will work together to provide effective and quality services for children, young people and their families

The following people have pledged their commitment to making these values work:

  • Director for Children’s Services, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Achieving for Children
  • Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police, Richmond
  • Director, Richmond upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service
  • Managing Director, Kingston and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group.

How the Plan was developed

The plan has been developed using the following resources and input:

The previous Plan

We reviewed the activities undertaken in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2013-2017(pdf, 923KB).

Needs Assessment

An assessment was produced, providing information about the needs of children, young people and their families, including demographic data, performance information, the recommendations from statutory inspections, survey findings, and ongoing consultation with children, young people, families and residents. This plan was developed using the 2016 Needs Assessment and emerging information from the 2017 Assessment which was in development at the same time as this plan.

Consultation with strategic partners

This plan aims to enable better joined up working across the services most frequently used by children, young people and their families. Alongside us and AfC, this plan was guided and developed by the partners within the Children’s Strategic Partnership and other key partners including Healthwatch, SEND Family Voices and other community and voluntary sector organisations.

Referring to local intelligence

This plan aligns with other key strategies and plans which influence services and inform commissioning, such as the Community Plan, the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Community Safety Partnership Plan. It also draws upon local information such as the 2016 Healthwatch and AfC co-produced report focused on improving Emotional Wellbeing for Young People which was informed by the Youth Council and 1,580 young people.

Consultation and guidance from children, young people and their families

This plan is shaped by the views received from young people and families about what issues are most important to them. Alongside AfC and other partners, we engaged with families as well as consulting head teachers, further education providers and councillors. There was also targeted consultation by SEND Family Voices who engaged with families with SEND issues.

Extensive public consultation in Autumn 2016 tested whether the initial ideas for the plan would provide the services the public needed. At the same time another consultation was hosted on social media which allowed members of the public to drill further in to this initial thinking and to give open feedback. By Spring 2017 the draft was shared with parents and professionals who checked the detail and help develop the measures which ensure the outcomes of the plan meet the public’s needs.

An outline of all the consultation and methodology is included in the Children and Young People’s Plan.

Further information

For further information on the Children and Young People’s Plan please contact:

Carol Clapperton, Partnership Manager
Email: carol.clapperton@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8831 6029

 

Updated: 15 December 2017