Somerset County Council

Somerset Children's Trust


Somerset Children's Trust is a local area partnership. It is led by Somerset County Council, and it brings together the key agencies responsible for commissioning and delivering services to children, young people and their families in Somerset.

Somerset Children’s Trust is the point at which all services come together to agree how to identify and the needs of all children and young people in the county, to deliver the duties and priorities of each constituent service. The Trust also aims to ensure that the efforts of partners are joined up to bring added value to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Somerset Children’s Trust Executive Key Responsibilities:

  • To contribute to a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which reflects children and young people’s needs in the area and takes account of other partners’ views.
  • To oversee the preparation, review and implementation of the Children and Young People's Plan to reflect identified local need.
  • To identify and agree joint commissioning priorities, which will inform the annual work programme based on identified need for children and young people, national drivers, partners strategies and commissioning plans and local service reviews.
  • To ensure alignment of priorities with Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • To promote health and wellbeing through preventative approaches by working towards public health outcomes for children, young people and families in line with the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • To ensure that the voice of children, young people and their parents/carers is heard.
  • To use various local participation groups of children, young people and parent carers as reference groups, inviting comment and feedback, for example, on the Children and Young People’s Plan and progress against the plan, and to work with other identified groups of children and young people dependent on areas of work.

Somerset Children’s Trust Board Key Responsibilities:

  • To act as a professional/expert reference group for the Executive to consult on commissioning intentions
  • To hold the Executive to account for delivery of the agreed commissioning priorities
  • To sign off the Children and Young People's Plan and ensure that it is reviewed annually
  • To monitor progress against the delivery of the Children and Young People's Plan
  • To ensure the voice of children, young people and their parents and carers is heard
  • To work together to foster robust and constructive relationships between partners, ensuring that any gaps or overlaps in service delivery are addressed.

The Somerset Children’s Trust Executive meets four times a year.

The Somerset Children’s Trust Board meets twice a year.

Working Together Partnership Protocol 2016-17 
The partner organisations of the Somerset Children’s Trust (SCT), Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB), Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB), Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB), Somerset Corporate Parenting Board (SCPB) and the Safer Somerset Partnership (SSP) are committed to working together at every level to keep Somerset people safe from harm and improve their health and wellbeing.

TheWorking Together Partnership Protocol 2016-17 has been signed to ensure that the boards are working together to support each other, avoid duplication and provide effective leadership for Somerset. 

Somerset Children’s Trust Partners
Collectively the Somerset Children’s Trust partners achieve Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 which places them under the ‘duty to cooperate’ with a view to improving the wellbeing of children in the authority’s area so far as relating to: 

(a) physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing; 
(b) protection from harm and neglect; 
(c) education, training and recreation; 
(d) the contribution made by them to society; and 
(e) social and economic wellbeing


Contact: Children’s Services, Partnership Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 01823 355229

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