Children & Young People's Network

Representing the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) working with children and young people in B&NES. The Children Young People’s

Network provides it's members with relevant information to ensure that the sector is informed and kept

up to date with legislation and developments at a local and national level. The Network aims to raise the profile of the sector in delivering and sustaining services for children and young people in B&NES.


Next Network Meeting – Tuesday 5th December 2017 10–12pm

Quartet will be speaking about funding opportunities and available grants and we will have a ‘Wellness’ session sharing free course/ training opportunities and exploring the benefits for you, your staff, volunteers and your clients. Venue: Odd Down Community Centre, Odin's Rd, Bath BA2 2TL. Bookings and


Reports and resources from previous meetings can be found in the Meeting Archive.

E-bulletins – The Network produces a monthly e-bulletin of Local, Regional and National news, comment, resources, funding streams, etc. Please find our latest issue here:

Receive our bulletin. If you represent a Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) group working in B&NES and would like to receive the e-bulletin please contact the Network Co-ordinator

Previous bulletins can be found in our Network News Archive.


Part of the work of the Children and Young People’s Network is to ensure that the voice of the Voluntary and Community Sector is represented at strategic level around planning, implementation and monitoring of services against the Every Child Matters outcomes for B&NES. The Children and Young Peoples Network have representatives on a number of boards and are frequently asked to participate in short-term working groups for new strategy.

Current representation: 

Children & Young People's Subgroup of Health & Wellbeing Board 

Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) 

Emotional Health & Wellbeing Board 

Equalities Partnership

SEND Strategy Group 

Early Help Board

Healthy Weight Strategy Group

14 – 25 Strategy Group – now incorporates a number of work-streams, including parenting strategy.

Parenting Strategy Group (sub group of above)

Third Sector Group 

Representatives details can be found in the Members Manual below (opens in new window).



If you have any comments or issues you would like to be raised at following meetings, please contact the Reps concerned



Current Focus. We are currently consulting members on ideas to feed into the development of the new Children & Young People's Plan for B&NES 2018 - 21. We are also looking at ways to develop some independent support for the sector locally. We continue to work on extending our collaboration with other networks and agencies and raising the awareness of the professionalism and impact of VCS services locally.  Our representatives continue to feed our views into the development of new strategy e.g. Early Help, Parenting and Neglect Strategies and responses to current issues such as online safeguarding, mental health, etc.



Previous Influence.

  • Children & Young People’s PlanThe Children & Young People’s Network formed a working group to draft a position statement of issues and priorities to inform development of the current Children & Young People’s Plan for B&NES 2014 – 17. Following consultation with the wider membership, the final statement was used by the Children & Young People’s Plan working group and the recommendations have been included in the Children & Young People’s Plan 2014-17. We continue to inform discussions on the extension of the CYP plan to 2018 and the content of the plan that will succeed it.
  • Training Costs. The Network was instrumental in reduced pricing structures for VCS groups accessing paid for training delivered vy the Local Authority.
  • Safeguarding Standards. The Network asked for the endorsement of Safe Network standards and resources for use by the VCS locally. These are now fully endorsed and, from April 2016, the Safe Network Self-Assessment is being used to cover the section 11 requirements in monitoring of VCS contracts with the Local Authority.

Children and Young People's Plan for 2018-21. Feed into the new strategy - have your say!



The Children and Young People's Network organise four network meetings per year and produce a regular e-bulletin (which can also be delivered by post). Our Network Co-ordinator is available on the telephone and via email to provide advice and information to groups and individuals and can be contacted on 01225 832 479 or

Useful Documents

Become a Network Rep

If you would be interested in finding our more about becoming a Network Representative, please view the Representative Job Description and Representative Agreement Form or contact Gilly Samuddin on 01225 832 479. N.B. This is a voluntary post.


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