Councillor Jane Pickard, Cabinet Member for Families and Young People
Annie Hudson, Strategic Director Children’s Services
Contact: Dan Stoten, Integrated Assistant Director, Children’s Commissioning, Children’s Services
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The Cabinet Member for Families and Young People, Cllr Jane Pickard, introduced the report and explained the scope of the Children and Young People’s Plan. She praised the work of the Integrated Assistant Director for Children’s Commissioning and noted that a range of partners that were joined up in the Plan. She also highlighted the significant input from local young people, who had called for a clearer and more integrated service offer, as well as a renewed focus on youth violence and early intervention. Cllr Pickard called on all parts of the community to support the borough’s young people and engage positively with the Plan.
The Integrated Assistant Director for Children’s Commissioning, Dan Stoten, provided further information:
· The Plan was designed to support young people and bring together all local partners in support of a single joined up agenda. It also aimed to combat inequality and create a strong framework for innovation.
· Over a five year period, the Plan would focus primarily on five priority delivery programmes. Mr Stoten provided detailed explanations of the programmes:
1. Lambeth Made: Our Children, Our Future campaign;
2. A Better Start (0-5 years);
3. A New Approach to Early Help (5-19+);
4. Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities;
5. Children at risk of harm and Looked After Children.
· The Plan had been developed with in partnership with colleagues in Public Health and was now widely anticipated across a number of local partner organisations.
· The engagement process had been particularly rewarding, with over 400 young people having been consulted.
Following the presentation, cabinet members made the following contributions:
· Officers and members were encouraged to get involved with the Plan.
· Mr Stoten was thanked for his work and commended for his enthusiasm to improve the lives of young people in Lambeth.
· Members welcomed the individual programme designed for children with disabilities and noted that the needs of this cohort should be considered across the whole Plan. The document stated that young people with disabilities should feel in control of their lives and at home in their communities.
· The Children and Young People’s Plan showed the value of having a unified Public Health department and was symptomatic of the Council’s strong relationship with the CCG. Good results could now be seen on many of the Council’s health priorities and Lambeth had recently been acknowledged as one of the top 5% of boroughs for ensuring social mobility. Despite this, there would always be areas for improvement and the Plan would undoubtedly drive positive change.
· This was a timely report and the ‘Lambeth Made’ brand was applauded. The Plan was a living document and would be actively used by partners moving forward.
· All local partner organisations had a responsibility to cooperate and build the Plan into their everyday practices. The transition periods from early years to the later stages of childhood were crucial.
Mr Stoten acknowledged the comments and said that the Early Help definition would help create a joint strategy for early intervention. A lot of the work was also focused on building pathways to assist young people into adulthood.
It was RESOLVED:
1) To endorse the Lambeth Children and Young People’s Plan 2017-22.