About the Children's Trust
Hampshire Children's Trust is a partnership of organisations across Hampshire. Collectively, they are responsible for services for children, young people and their families.
The partners are committed to working together and co-operating with each other to better understand and address the needs of the more vulnerable children in Hampshire.
To do this, the Children's Trust:
- works with partners to agree common priorities and activities. These are then used to develop and implement the Children and Young People's Plan
- asses and monitors what children and young people need in their local area
- listens and acts on what children and their families think about the services, and involves them in the planning and delivery of services
- identifies new ways for the partners to work together to plan joint services, sharing language and processes
- looks for ways to overcome barriers to sharing data and information
- finds ways to overcome organisational boundaries to provided services focussed around the child and their family
Hampshire Children's Trust Board
The Hampshire Children's Trust Board is made of of representatives from partner organisations. It has responsibility for development, monitoring and review of the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP). Responsibility for implementing the CYPP remains with the individual partners of the Trust.
Hampshire Children's Trust Board membership includes representatives from:
- Hampshire County Council Children's Services Department
- District and Borough Councils
- Hampshire Constabulary
- Young People's Learning Agency
- Schools and colleges (also representing 14-19 consortia)
- Early years settings and Sure Start Children's Centres
- Youth Offending Team and the Hampshire Probation Service
- Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Jobcentre Plus
- Community and voluntary sector organisations
- Appropriate child and parent/carer representation
Children and Young People's Plan
The Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) is the overarching strategy for the Hampshire's Children's Trust.
The CYPP contains the key priorities, the vision and principles of the Hampshire Children's Trust, the key achievements resulting from the previous CYPP and the context for the CYPP 2015 to 2018.
Strategy for emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people
The emotional wellbeing and mental health strategy for children and young people was developed jointly by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hampshire, Hampshire County Council and other important stakeholders, with oversight from the Children's Trust.
Children and young people with good mental health do better. They are happier in their families; they learn better and do better at school; they are able to enjoy friendships and new experiences. They are more likely to grow up to enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to society and to have good mental health as an adult.
The strategy was informed by an extensive consultation. We received over 1,600 responses. Over half of the responses were from children and young people. We also held individual one-to-one interviews and group sessions. Public Health, Hampshire County Council has also developed a Needs Analysis to help better understand the needs of our local population in Hampshire.