Children & Young People's Network

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Representing the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) working with children and young people in B&NES. The CYPN sends out monthly ebulletins to provide 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 as well as funding and training opportunities. The Network aims to raise the profile of the sector in delivering and sustaining services for children and young people in B&NES.



CYPN Research project 2018

The Children Young People’s Network commissioned a research project at the start of 2018 looking at how our Network members can be supported to work together more collaboratively. Various groups were interviewed as part of the process and we've been given some really useful pointers for improving collboration across the sector. If you would like to read the finished report please download it here! 


E-bulletins – The Network produces a monthly e-bulletin of Local, Regional and National news, resources, funding, etc. Please see our latest issue as well as an archive of previous ones 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

Workforce Reform Steering group

Parenting Strategy Group 


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




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  2018-21.  The Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) describes how B&NES’s Children and Young People's sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Board and its partner agencies,  will provide the best joint approach to delivering services for children and young people. CYPN members contributed to the production of this in September 2017.



The Children and Young People's Network organise four network meetings per year and produce a monthly e-bulletin. 


Our Network Co-Ordinator, Gilly Samuddin, works Mon - Wed and can be contacted by phone 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 becoming a Network Representative, please view the Representative Job Description and Representative Agreement Form or contact Gilly Samuddin on 01225 832 479. 


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