The Children's Trust | Oxfordshire County Council

The Children's Trust

About the Children's Trust, part of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Children playing

Our vision

We want Oxfordshire to be the best place in England for children and young people to grow up in, by working with every child and young person to develop the skills, confidence and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.

Who are we and what do we do?

The Children's Trust has oversight of multi-agency strategic planning and monitors improvement of children's services in Oxfordshire.

It is responsible for recommending where resources for children and young people should be focused and holding agencies to account for delivering the priorities for children, young people and families within the Children and Young People’s Plan.

The priorities in the Children and Young People’s Plan

  1. All children have a healthy start in life and stay healthy into adulthood.
  2. Narrowing the gap for our most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
  3. Keeping all children and young people safer.
  4. Raising achievement for all children and young people.

The Trust reports to the Health and Wellbeing Board and influences and supports the work of the Board in its purpose to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families. The Children's Trust meets four times a year and in public at least once a year.

The Chair of the Children's Trust is Councillor Steve Harrod (Cabinet member for Children and Family Services) and the Deputy Chair is Dr Matthew Gaw (Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group).

Children's Trust membership is drawn from the following agencies or organisations.

  • County Councillors
  • Senior Officers of Oxfordshire County Council
  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • City and District Council members
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Safer Oxfordshire Partnership
  • Representation from schools and colleges
  • Three representatives from the Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Healthwatch ambassador
  • Representatives from the Voice of Oxfordshire Youth (VoXY)
Last reviewed
25 September 2017
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