Published Strategies

Final report:Child Health Improvement Strategy
Published: September 2014
Wiltshire’s Child Health Improvement Strategy identifies the strategic objectives that are needed to ensure that its children and young people experience optimal health, both in childhood and throughout their lives. It recognises that child health is dependent on the family and environment in which it lives, plays and learns. We are committed to understanding and reducing health inequalities within our county, and have highlighted where we know these exist across a range of health outcomes such obesity, and childhood accidents. These inequalities will be targeted in the Child Health Improvement Implementation plan.

Final report: Early Help Strategy 2014
Published: February 2014
The Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Trust and Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board’s Early Help Strategy sets out Wiltshire’s early help offer. The strategy includes plans for the national Troubled Families initiative. We want to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people by providing the right help as soon as it is needed.

Final report: Accommodation and Support for Vulnerable Young People aged 16-25
Published: February 2014
The purpose of the strategy is to ensure we provide young people aged 16-25 with good quality accommodation and support which promotes independent living where we have a statutory duty to do so for vulnerable young people. This strategy covers the following groups:
• Young people who are 16 or 17 and are homeless
• Looked after young people and care leavers
• Young offenders and young people leaving custody
• Pregnant teenagers and teenage parents and their children
• Vulnerable young people who are either ‘Children in Need’ under the Children Act 1989 or ‘Priority Need’ under the Housing Act 1996 and 2002 Homelessness Order

Final report: Young Carers Strategy
Published: November 2013
Description: The purpose of the Young Carers Joint Commissioning Strategy is to improve the lives of young carers and their families. We want to identify and significantly reduce the numbers of children and young people who are undertaking inappropriate and harmful caring roles; to reduce the incidence of families who rely on the care of a child for their unmet care needs; and to ensure that every young carer achieves their full potential. The strategy has been produced in line with the Joint Commissioning Strategy Framework for Children and Young People in Wiltshire. It sets out the shared commitment, vision, principles, and model across partner organisations of the Wiltshire Carers Action Group and the Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Trust to enable the joint commissioning of services for young carers and their families.

Final report: 16-25 SEND Strategy
Published: September 2013
Description: The Children & Young People’s Trust has developed a 16-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support Commissioning Strategy which sets out how we intend to better plan for and prepare young people with SEND for positive outcomes in adulthood within Wiltshire. Nationally the future shape of provision and support for young people with SEND has been subject to a radical rethink. A key feature is to put more choice and control in the hands of parents/carers and young people themselves. This strategy explains Wiltshire’s vision; the national and local context; a comprehensive needs analysis; views of stakeholders; examples of best practice; a review of existing services and learning provision; financial expenditure; commissioning priorities; and how the strategy will be taken forward and implemented.

Final report: Anti-Bullying Strategy
Published: July 2013
Description: The Anti-bullying Strategy aims to support all partners of the Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Trust to prevent and reduce the prevalence of bullying both in and out of school.

Final report: Joint Commissioning Strategy Framework
Published: June 2013
Description: Approved by Children's Trust Executive Board November 2012 and revised June 2013. The Joint Commissioning Strategy Framework sets out the shared commitment, vision, principles, and model across partner organisations of the Wiltshire Children & Young People’s Trust to the commissioning of services for children, young people and their families. The framework facilitates effective joint commissioning.

Final report: Wiltshire Hidden Harm Working Protocol
Published: May 2013
Description: The Wiltshire Hidden Harm Working Protocol has been produced on behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership to enhance excellence in practice and guidance for frontline practitioners who support and promote the welfare of children, parents and families with problematic substance misuse. This protocol recognises that many adults with problematic substance use are able to parent their children well. This is often made possible by supportive networks of family, friends and professionals. However, in some cases the children may be at risk of harm including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. This protocol aims to encourage joint working between those providing adult services and those providing children and family services, to ensure that the welfare of children and young people is safeguarded and promoted, and that the likelihood of harm is reduced. The protocol reflects statutory child protection guidance and should be read in conjunction with the Local Safeguarding Child Protection Board’s Policies and Procedures. Note that Section 1 of this protocol is available separately for ease of reference.

Final report: Revised Multi-Agency Thresholds for Safeguarding Children
Published: February 2013
Description: Multi-agency guidance on accessing the right level of support to safeguard children and young people. This document replaces the ‘Multi-agency Thresholds Document’ v6.0 published September 2011. Guidance is provided on collaborative and integrated working, the use of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), social care protocols, levels of need, making appropriate referrals and more.
Supporting documents: See full guidance and supporting tools at

Final report: WSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
Published: February 2013
Description: This strategy was approved by the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) in February 2013. For further information and more details about the work of the WSCB please visit their website at

Final report: Wiltshire Children and Young Peoples Substance Misuse Needs Assessment 2013 - 2014
Published: January 2013
Description: The National Treatment Agency (NTA) recommends that an annual refresh of the Children and Young People’s Needs Assessment is conducted in line with best practice and that; Appropriate data and evidence is used to inform the Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Substance Misuse Strategy; Commissioners are provided with a contemporary analysis upon which to procure effective services matched to local need and linked to other strategic assessments; Opportunities to cross-compare national and local community performance/need and update strategic partnerships/stakeholders.
Due to the extensive nature of the 2008-09 Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Substance Misuse Needs Assessment, this needs assessment is a refresh focusing on changes in trends and data gaps. The document should be read in affiliation with the Wiltshire Joint Strategic Assessment for Health and Wellbeing.
Supporting Documents: None.

Final report: A review of services for children and young people in Wiltshire with autistic spectrum disorders
Published: May 2013
Description: A review of services for children and young people with autism has been carried out and findings and recommendations are available in this final report
Supporting documents: Please also see the report appendices

Final report: Young People’s Sexual Health and Teenage Pregnancy Communication Plan 2012-2014
Published: July 2012
Description: To address some of the challenges young people face living in Wiltshire have in accessing information to support their choices around relationships and support their sexuality; empowering young people to be confident about their sexual orientation, reduce incidence of unintended teenage pregnancy and poor sexual health amongst the under 24 year olds, the Teenage Pregnancy Commissioning Board and Wiltshire Sexual Health Partnership have developed a communication plan, setting out a multi-agency approach, to enable us to reach the young people of Wiltshire.
Supporting Documents: None.

Final report: Children in Care Commissioning Strategy
Published: June 2012
Description: The overall purpose of this strategy is to ensure that services for looked after children, young people and care leavers are good. This strategy is holistic and covers all assessment and case management and services for looked after children including health and education. This is consistent with guidance produced by the Department for Education (DfE) on commissioning of support for children in care (Sufficiency Duty Guidance).
Supporting Documents: None.

Final report: Participation & Involvement Strategy
Published: June 2012
Description: The Participation and Involvement Strategy aims to achieve better outcomes for children, young people, parents and carers through listening to them and developing better services based on what they say. Within the strategy there are 6 priorities identified to develop a strategic approach to participation and involvement in Wiltshire.
Supporting documents: The Participation Charter.

Final report: Workforce Development Strategy
Published: June 2012
Description: Our draft workforce strategy sets out our 5 priorities for delivering our aspirations for our workforce in the next 3 years.
Our partners in the Children’s Trust each have their own strategies and plans to develop mandatory and occupational skills that members of their workforce need and use in their day to day work. This strategy sets out the priorities that we collectively share for developing additional and higher level skills to ensure that jointly we can deliver our plans for an integrated workforce.
Supporting Documents: None.

Final report: Substance Misuse Strategy (Under 18’s)
Published: June 2012
Description: This strategy sets out the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership’s priorities and intentions for meeting the needs of children and young people involved in substance use at the experimental, targeted and problematic levels of use.
Supporting Documents: None.

Final report: Wiltshire Children and Young People's Plan 2012-15
Published: 1st March 2012
Description: This high-level 3 year plan outlines the vision and high level outcomes for children and young people in Wiltshire. The detail of actions to be taken to improve outcomes (including how we will measure our progress) are included in a wide range of commissioning strategies and plans which can be found in our Document Library accessible from the Wiltshire Pathways main menu. Requests for hard copies of the Plan can be made by emailing

Final report: Deliberate Self Harm - Guidelines
Published: January 2012
Description: Multi-agency guidelines for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm.
Supoprting Documents: Covering letter (available soon), the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy (see below) and the Suicide Prevention Sttrategy (available soon).

Final report: LSCB Annual Report 2010-11 and Business Plan 2011-13
Published: January 2012
Description: The Annual Report and Business Plan of the Wiltshire Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Final report: 11 to 19 Commissioning Strategy
Published: October 2011
Description: The final 2012-2015 Commissioning Strategy for the future delivery of youth work service in Wiltshire.

Final report: Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Strategy
Published: September 2011
Description: The final Commissioning Strategy for the future delivery of emotional wellbeing and mental health services in Wiltshire.

Final report: Hidden Harm Implementation Plan 2011-2014
Published: September 2011
Description: The Implementation Plan for The Hidden Harm Strategy 2011-2014.
Supporting documents: none

Final report: Reducing Child Poverty Strategy 2011-2014
Published: July 2011
Description: The Child Poverty Act requires each local authority to produce a child poverty strategy which takes account of a local needs assessment. Wiltshire’s Reducing Child Poverty Strategy has now been published
Supporting documents: Child Poverty Needs Assessment – June 2011

Final Report: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2011
Published: April 2011
Description: The first Wiltshire Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Report was published in April 2008. This second report has now been published.
Supporting documents: Childcare Sufficiency - Countywide Action Plan

Final report: Hidden Harm Strategy 2011-2014
Published: February 2011
Description: Children and young people have a right to be properly cared for, and protected from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them. The Hidden Harm Strategy sets out clear priorities for action and will be implemented in full to ensure that they are.
Supporting documents: none

Final report: Family & Parenting Support Commissioning Strategy (April 2011-2014)
Published: November 2010
Description: The purpose of the family and parenting support commissioning strategy is to achieve better outcomes for children and young people by:
• Ensuring a good range of high quality family and parenting support services which meet identified needs.
• Intervening early to support families and parents as soon as any problems or issues arise.
• Ensuring cost effective services by improved co-ordination and reducing any overlaps and duplication.
• Informing reviews and re-commissioning of services. This will include providing a framework for reviewing funding to voluntary sector agencies for family and parenting support.
The strategy has been produced in line with the Wiltshire Children’s Trust Commissioning Framework.
Supporting documents: none

For current and planned consultations please review our Strategy Consultations pa

Click here to print Printer Friendly Version

A-Z Glossary | Site Map | News | Contacts and Links | Terms and Conditions