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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Children and Young People's Strategy consultation

We wanted your views on the draft Children and Young People's Strategy and its vision for the future.

This consultation closed 21 September 2018. Read the The Children and Young Peoples Strategy 2019-22  on the County Durham Partnership Website.


The partnership Children, Young People and Families Plan that guides our work and the work of our partners will finish in April 2019. It is important that we develop a new document to guide our work beyond that time. 

In addition, there have been significant changes in the context of children's services nationally. In Durham, there is also evidence that we need to make further improvements when considering:

  • health and social care integration
  • Children and Social Work Act 2017, including Local Safeguarding Children's Board (this became the Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership in April 2019) changes
  • OFSTED inspection of social care
  • Inspection of partner services for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children experiencing domestic abuse
  • our new Public Health structure

What we proposed?

To develop the vision, aims and objectives, we consulted with children and young people from a variety of backgrounds as well as key partner organisations involved in delivering services to children and young people.


The proposed vision statement for the new CYP strategy is: "County Durham will be a great place for children and young people to grow up in and for Durham to be a place where all children are healthy, happy and achieving their potential".


The new strategy will have four key aims:

  1.  All children and young people have a safe childhood.
  2. Children and young people enjoy the best start in life, good health and emotional wellbeing.
  3. Young people can access good quality education, training and local employment.
  4. Achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The four aims will be underpinned by the following principles:

  • Participation of children, young people and families in service development and design.
  • 'Think Family' approach with a focus on vulnerability.
  • Good transitions into adulthood.
  • Tackling the effects of inequality.
  • Regular performance review, challenge and learning, including learning from serious case reviews and serious incidents.
  • Support for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Have your say

The closing date for comments was Sunday 21 September 2018.

Contact us
County Durham Partnership
03000 263 593
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
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