The Children and Families Plan 2016-17, the strategic overarching plan for the Children and Families' Partnership, is now ready. It sets the priorities the Partnership will focus on, based on the borough profile and needs analysis:

  • Reduce childhood obesity
  • Reduce child poverty
  • Provide the right help at right time
  • Improve emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
  • Improve health outcomes for Looked After Children

Work around child poverty will focus on making Croydon a flexible working borough, especially for lone parents, who are by far most affected by child poverty.

Work around Providing the right help at the right time will focus on transforming practice within the Best a Start programme, by integrating provision for children 0-5 and their families. Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence as well as Early Help Board (0-19) actions will also be integrated in this work.

In terms of Emotional Well Being and Mental Health, the headline actions include extending resilience programmes to school across the borough, setting up online counselling, remodelling support for Looked After Children, Youth Offending, children and young people in crisis. The local transformation plan for children and young people up to the age of 18 has been gathering information about present interventions, waiting times etc.

Work around Look After Children (LAC) will focus on timely delivering health assessments pathway for Looked After Children.

(From Children and Families' Partnership Executive meeting, 16th June 2016)