About the Children's Trust

In Wigan, we are committed to improving outcomes for all children and young people particularly the most vulnerable. Keeping children and families safe is fundamental to everything we do and we provide a wide spectrum of services to support children and families.

The Wigan Children’s Trust is the key partnership ensuring we are able to deliver outcomes and aspirations for children and families in the borough. The Trust reports to the Health and Wellbeing Board and is responsible for delivering against the Start Well strand of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The Trust brings together all organisations responsible for delivering children's services in order to improve the lives of children and young people in the local area by delivering better services and strengthening responsibility and accountability through the development of an agreed local strategy.

Through discussions with a wide range of partners, Wigan’s Children’s Trust has agreed a shared vision for the support and services we provide to children, young people and their families. The Children and Young People’s plan (2012-2016) is the single, overarching plan for Wigan’s Children’s Trust and sets out the strategic direction and priorities for improvement. It marks a new era for the partners who are committed to working together to improve outcomes for our children, young people and their families. It builds on what has already been achieved and looks to move the partnership forward by focusing on a selected number of priorities.

What we do and how we do it?

  • Wigan Children’s Trust is not a separate organisation but a partnership bringing together all the organisations in Wigan responsible for services for children, young people and their families.
  • Each partner retains its own functions and responsibilities within the wider partnership framework.
  • The programme of work is overseen by a multi-agency Children’s Trust Board and supported by a multi-agency Executive.

What does it do?

  • Develops a strategy for improving children's lives by delivering better services - the children and young people's plan.
  • Focuses on key priorities identified through a local needs assessment including:
  • Identifying children and young people at risk of failure or harm, and providing early help to prevent problems getting worse.
  • Ensuring all young people are safeguarded from intentional and unintentional harm.
  • Ensuring all young people remain free from the harm caused by negative risk taking behaviour.
  • Ensuring all young people grow up free from poverty.
  • Ensuring all young people have good physical and emotional health.
  • All of which are underpinned by improving educational attainment.

How does it do this?

  • Listening to the views of children and young people and their families/carers.
  • Promoting joint working between all professionals/practitioners who work with children and young people.
  • Working towards effective commissioning of services based on a needs analysis; and using resources effectively and creatively.
  • Seeking to overcome unnecessary barriers to sharing and using information.

Who are we?

  • Lead Member – Children and Young People – Wigan Council
  • Senior management from key partners across the public sector including:
    • Wigan Council
    • Wigan Borough CCG
    • 5 Boroughs Partnership Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
    • Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust
    • Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust
    • Greater Manchester Police
    • Local colleges, secondary and primary schools
  • Representatives from the business, community and voluntary sector.

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