Reading Children's Trust

Reading’s Children’s Trust brings together members of local organisations that work with children, young people and their families.

Reading has a strong Children’s Trust which has jointly delivered improvements for children in Reading in particular in educational achievement, health outcomes, youth provision and integrated preventive working. 

By working in partnership, we are better able to provide the support and services required to enable all of Reading’s children and young people, whatever their background or circumstances, to achieve our Trust vision. 

Our vision is to create a positive and ambitious environment for Reading children and young people so they:

  • are happy, healthy, safe and coping with change and challenge
  • are enthusiastic and skilled learners
  • value themselves and others

The Children's Trust Board meets 4 times a year to ensure that we plan together and join up the services we provide to children, young people and families.  Ultimately the Board reports to the Local Strategic Partnership, and is scrutinised by the Local Safeguarding Children's Board, to ensuring high level accountability. 

The Board produces a plan called the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP), which sets out the key priorities for the Trust and how it aims to achieve them. In 2015 we reviewed our priorities and rewrote our CYPP.  Our priorities are:

Priority 1 - Having the best start in life and throughout
  • Ensure that children and young people are empowered and informed to make positive life choices
  • Enable children and young people to build emotional wellbeing and improve health
  • Work to ensure that those using our services have as positive an experience as possible and are able to influence future service delivery
  • All young people have access to an equitable universal offer across the area.
Priority 2 - Learning and employment
  • All children and young people have a fair and equal chance to achieve, and have access to information to make informed decisions about their future, regardless of heritage, income or disability
Priority 3 - Keeping children safe
  • Protect and safeguard ALL children and young people and in particular those that need our care. This includes protection from others (in particular, domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, on-line abuse and cultural abuse) and protection from harm they may cause themselves (in particular, self harming)

These priorities form the basis of our Children and Young People's Plan 2015-2018 which can be found via the Children & Young People's Plan page on the left. Please take a look at the plan and if you have any feedback contact the Partnership Manager (see below). Previous CYPPs (2009-2012 and 2011-2014) and periodic reviews of those plans, are also available. 

We are aware that we use acronyms and jargon within our documentation.  Although we do try to avoid this, it is sometimes necessary.  To help make sense of our terminology, we have produced a document that provides definitions for all the acronyms and terms that we use.  This can be found to the right of this page.

If you would like any more information relating to any aspect of Reading Children's Trust, please contact the Children's Trust Partnership Manager on 0118 937 3269 or using the link on the right of this page.

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