Working in partnership to improve services for children, young people and families in Nottingham.

What is Nottingham Children's Partnership?

On 1 April 2009, Nottingham Children's Partnership formally took responsibility for overseeing services for children, young people and families in the City.

Following the decision that Children's Trusts will no longer be required to fulfil the previous full statutory requirements, Nottingham agreed that the Partnership would remain to be the key mechanism to support all partners to work together to deliver a joined up vision for children, young people and families.

This is a local partnership which brings together a variety of organisations which work together in order to improve children's lives and to deliver the best possible services for families in the City.

The Partnership oversees the implementation of the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) which sets out the collaborative work programme across all partners responsible for providing services to children, young people and families. All partners are accountable for the delivery of its priorities, objectives and specified targets. The Children's Partnership directs the required integrated working, joint planning, commissioning and resource allocation to achieve this.

What does the Nottingham Children's Partnership do?

Nottingham Children's Partnership:

  • Increases the focus on improving children's lives, informed by the views of young people and their families;
  • Ensures that professionals work together across organisational boundaries to meet the needs of young people;
  • Approves the contribution of the Partnership Board partners to the work of One Nottingham, the Local Strategic Partnership.
  • Brings together the Children and Young People's Plan and the children and young people's elements of other partnership plans such as the Nottingham Plan, the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Education Improvement Board's Strategic Plan and
  • Enables better assessments, information sharing and improves referrals so that children can get the services they need quickly.

This takes place across the whole system of children and family services, covering the work of partner agencies at every level from the development of strategy to front line delivery of services.

Which agencies are members of Nottingham Children's Partnership?

The following organisations are part of Nottingham Children's Partnership:

  • Nottingham City Council
  • NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Nottingham CityCare Partnership
  • Nottinghamshire Police Authority
  • Nottingham City Safeguarding Children's Board
  • Nottinghamshire Probation Trust
  • Futures, Advice, Skills and Employment Ltd
  • DWP Job Centre Plus
  • Nottingham City Schools (including academies, primary, secondary and special school representation)
  • Further Education Sector
  • Voluntary Sector: Children & Young People's Provider Network

Representation from children and young people is also part of the Partnership. Three young people currently sit as members on the Children's Partnership Board.

Who regulates Nottingham Children's Partnership?

The Partnership is governed by Nottingham Children's Partnership Board, which is accountable to One Nottingham. One Nottingham is the strategic partnership for the whole of Nottingham and is accountable to the Government for the delivery of key targets for the City.

Terms of Reference.

Priorities and next steps for Nottingham Children's Partnership Board

There are four main shared priorities for the partnership;  promoting the health and wellbeing of babies, children and young people;safeguarding and supporting children and families;supporting achievement and academic attainment and empowering families to be strong and achieve economic wellbeing. These are described further in the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) 2016/2020

Significant areas of work include:

  • Input and influence on priorities within the CYPP
  • Regular reviews of performance and risks
  • Clear governance between the Children's Partnership and the Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Shared discussion of the implications of Government announcements and financial cuts
  • Greater partnership/integrated working - sponsoring of key cross-cutting strategies, including; Nottingham as an Early InterventionPioneering Place, Small Steps Big Changes (our Big Lottery funded 0-5 provider), The Family Support Pathway, Priority Families, Attendance Strategy and the Teenage Pregnancy Plan.

Further information

You can find minutes of meetings here

For more information about Nottingham Children's Partnership:

  • Write to: Emily Humphreys, Support Assistant, Children and Adults Directorate, Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Road, Nottingham NG2 3NG
  • Call: 0115 8764557