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Consultation on our Children, Young People and Families' Strategy 2022-2025


We want to work with you to make County Durham an even better home for children, young people and families.

How you can help

Working with what we already know, we have come up with seven areas we think need our attention, as well as an overall vision of what we hope to achieve (see more details below).

We need you to tell us if we're on the right track and if we've missed anything. This is your chance to make sure we are working on the things that are important to you and your family.

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Wednesday 10 August 2022.

A bit more detail

We already have a Children and Young People's Strategy, but this runs out at the end of 2022 - so we need a new one.

We want to make sure the new strategy considers the challenges that families are facing as a result of the global pandemic, and the current cost of living crisis.

Working with you and for you

Since the beginning of the year, we've been working with children, young people and family groups, the voluntary and community sector, and children's services professionals to create a new strategy called 'Growing up in County Durham'.

Looking at what people have told us and putting it together with the facts and figures from Durham Insight*, has helped us decide what we need to focus on to support our children and young people to thrive.

*Durham Insight provides access to information, data and research about what it is like to live in County Durham.

What we're focusing on

Our draft vision - what we hope to achieve

"County Durham has strong connected communities and services that support children, young people and their families as they grow up to be safe, happy, healthy and achieving and which gives them fairer access to opportunities to be resilient and thrive."

What happens with your feedback?

We will continue to work with local people and organisations to find out what is important to them.

All of the feedback will be put together to help us complete the 'Growing up in County Durham' strategy. This will then go back out to the community as a draft in September, so that people can tell us if we've got it right, before the final version is published.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.