Oxfordshire Children and young People's Plan 2018-21 is a joint plan which says what the priorities are for children, young people and families in Oxfordshire. Joint plans help organisations work together to deliver the best services to children, young people and families. Partnership working is key to tackle the priority areas which are identified by children, families and professionals in Oxfordshire.
In the first year of the plan these priority areas are:
- Children missing out on education
- Social and emotional wellbeing and mental health
- Children affected by domestic abuse
The Children and Young People’s Plan 2015-18 was written by the Children's Trust together with children, young people and families. The Plan says what services children, young people and families in Oxfordshire can access, and how groups will work together to improve their lives.
Take Action: Read The Children and Young People's Plan 2018-21.
The New Oxfordshire Children and Young People’s Plan
The Oxfordshire Children and Young People’s Plan 2018-2021 includes a vision, areas of focus and promises to local children and young people.
‘Oxfordshire – a great place to grow up and have the opportunity to become everything you want to be’
Areas of Focus
For all children and young people to:
- Be Successful
- Be Happy and Healthy
- Be Safe
- Be Supported
What do we know about growing up in Oxfordshire?
- We want Oxfordshire to be a great place for everyone to grow up and be healthy and successful - this is already the case for many, but not for all.
- We have a growing population that is becoming more diverse.
- Social deprivation and child poverty still persist in places, but we are all working together to tackle this.
- Some groups of children and young people in Oxfordshire still do not do as well as the national average in achieving good school results.
- Persistent absence rates in secondary schools in Oxfordshire are worse than the national average.
- Demand for service has increased: we have more children in care than would expected, and more young people referred to mental health services.
- Children and young people are generally healthier than elsewhere.
- Some data suggests that alcohol, drug use and substance misuse is worse in Oxfordshire than other areas.
- There is an increase in reports of self harm among young people in Oxfordshire.
- Domestic crimes involving children have increased (although this may be a result of recording changes).
What do we need to do to make a difference?
To make a difference we need to enable children and young people to be well educated, and grow up to lead successful, happy, healthy and safe lives, through:
- Schools and universal services working together with local, targeted and specialist services is key to improving outcomes.
- Shift the focus to prevention and early help through real partnerships and using resources effectively.
- Support the most vulnerable, including children with SEND, to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to become everything they want to be – for too many of our children and young people outcomes are not good enough.
- Deliver responsive services that place children, young people and families at the heart of what we do
Read the plan in full
The plan is twelve pages long, and goes into lots of detail about what will be done to help local children and young people.
Take action: Read The Children and Young People's Plan 2018-21.
What does the Children's Trust do?
Lots of different organisations are members of the Oxfordshire Children's Trust. It is part of the health and Wellbeing Board. It helps to choose where money should be spent and decides if it is being spent well. It works with different groups in Oxfordshire which care about the well being of children and young people.
Instant Expert: Visit The Children's Trust for more information on their work.