Working together to improve outcomes for children and young people

On June 21 2017, a wide range of partners came together for the first of four planned Partnership Workshops.  The workshop was hosted by Kirklees Council Chief Executive Jacqui Gedman at John Smith’s stadium, Huddersfield and looked at how partnership working can improve outcomes for children and young people in Kirklees.

What happened on the day?

Jacqui updated the group on how we are building on the great partnership working that is taking place across Kirklees.  We have set up the Kirklees Strategic Partnership which will give a strategic steer and provide focus on our shared outcomes.  She talked about how we are moving towards intelligence led commissioning for outcomes.

Jacqui reminded everyone of our shared outcomes:

  1. Children have the best start in life
  2. People in Kirklees are as well as possible for as long as possible
  3. People in Kirklees have aspiration and achieve their ambition through education, training and lifelong learning
  4. People in Kirklees live in cohesive communities, feel safe and are safe/protected from harm
  5. People in Kirklees experience a high quality, clean sustainable and green environment
  6. Kirklees has sustainable economic growth and provides good employment for and with communities and businesses
  7. People in Kirklees live independently and have control over their lives

Using data and intelligence well is key to our commissioning process.  The group looked at local maps that have been created using a breadth of local data and intelligence.

The interactive session allowed everyone to get involved and contribute what they know about their local area.  The work will help to build a rich picture of Kirklees and our communities.

Next, feedback was shared with the group from the recent Learning Summit which included the role of schools in communities and developing community hubs to include early help,  building trust between partners and sharing information.

Finally, Health Policy Officer Phil Longworth from Kirklees Council consulted the group on The Children’s Plan which includes 5 outcomes for children and young people.

  1. Be healthy
  2. Stay safe
  3. Enjoy and achieve
  4. Make a positive contribution
  5. Achieve economic well being

Jacqui Gedman said “The workshop was a fantastic start to the work of the Kirklees Strategic Partnership. There were lots of opportunities for members to participate and share knowledge and ideas.”

The next workshop will take place in September.

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