Children & Young People's Network

CYPN Research project

The Children Young People’s Network commissioned a research project at the start of 2018 looking at how our Network can be supported to work together more collaboratively.

Various groups were interviewed as part of the process and we have been given some really useful pointers for improving collboration across the Voluntary sector. If you would like to read the finished report please download it here! 


To become a member click here!


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.


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 supporting two researchers exploring the potentail benefits and opportunities for collaboration within the network.

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 also continue to feed our views into the development of new strategies e.g. Early Help, Children's workforce reform strategy and charging policies 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 2018 – 21. 
  • Training Costs. The Network was instrumental in reduced pricing structures for VCS groups accessing paid for training delivered by 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 monthly e-bulletin. Our Network Co-Ordinator is contactable by telephone or email to provide advice and information to groups and individuals Please contact 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.


Funded until 2018
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