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The Children's Trust

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

Who we are and what we do

The Children’s Trust Board brings together the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve outcomes for all children and young people who live in the county.

The board's objectives are to ensure that agencies work together effectively and strategically across children’s services. 

We want to ensure that the voice of children, young people and their families contribute to these arrangements and decision-making.

Our purpose

The purpose of the trust is to:

  1. oversee key areas of multi-agency strategic planning for children and young people
  2. improve outcomes for children in relation to being successful, keeping safe, staying healthy, and being supported
  3. drive the integration agenda where there is evidence that integrated working will improve outcomes for children and young people
  4. champion the involvement of children, young people, parents and carers in partnership working with senior managers and politicians
  5. ensure the Health and Wellbeing Board and other partnerships are sighted on the key challenges facing children and young people in Oxfordshire.

Children’s Trust Board Meetings

The trust reports to the Health and Wellbeing Board and influences and supports the board's work to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families.

The Children's Trust meets four times a year. 

The chair of the board is the Council's Cabinet member responsible for children's services.

Children's Trust membership

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 ambassadors
  • Representatives from the Voice of Oxfordshire’s Youth (VoXY)

Our vision

We want Oxfordshire to be a great place to grow up and have the opportunity for children and young people to become everything they want to be.

To achieve this vision for children and young people, we have four areas of focus:

  • be successful
  • be healthy
  • be safe
  • be supported

The work of the Children's Trust is set out in the Children and Young People’s Plan.

Children and Young People’s Plan priorities

The Children’s Trust’s work priorities are decided annually by the board and contained within an implementation plan.

In 2018-19 and 2019-20, the board priorities were as below.  In June 2020, the Children’s Trust Board agreed there was a need for all agencies to focus on the COVID-19 recovery and that the original areas of focus continued to be the top priorities for the Board for 2020-2021:

  • children not engaged in education
  • social, emotional, physical and mental well being
  • protect children from domestic abuse