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   1 - Look At Outcomes

  • - Did you know?
  • - Guidance
  • - Regional Benefits
  • - Commissioning principles in action -

All of the work at this stage should help create a Children and Young People's Plan which is clear about the overall needs of children, where services are meeting those needs and where they are not. It should also provide enough information to allow partners to be clear in the CYPP about their commissioning priorities, and in particular, which groups of children and young people are a priority for services improvement and change.

1. The first step is to understand local needs:

  • pull together key data across the five Every Child Matters outcomes to create a profile of the local area
  • identify the pattern of outcomes
  • determine priorities
  • use the data to support all decisions made by the Children’s Trust (CT) 
2. Ensure good quality data is collected and analysed effectively
  • collect data across the age range
  • break data down by ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, leaning difficulty, disability, looked after status, risk of criminality, geographical location, access to services etc 
3. A lot of data will already be held by Children’s Trust partners:
  • LA (education, social services, youth services, benefits, leisure, housing)
  • PCT; NHS Trusts; primary care practices, SHA, DH
  • Schools and libraries
  • District councils
  • Police; Youth Offending Teams
  • Connexions services
  • Local voluntary, community and private sectors.
4. Additional data sources include:
  • Integrated children’s systems; CAF; complaints systems; Office for National Statistics; Inspectorates; national voluntary and private organisations
  • Note that some data on emerging trends or difficult to measure outcomes may need to rely on proxy measures 
5. The data provides a baseline of children and young people’s wellbeing in the local area and is then used to:
  • assess current and future needs
  • plan for improved outcomes
  • make comparisons with other Childrens Trusts – statistical neighbours
  • identify community based priorities
  • publish trends from year to year
  • improve local accountability
6. All partners should be involved in writing the CYPP:
  • the plan will reflect the needs assessment and national and local priorities, including the LAA;
  • the CYPP needs to fit with other statutory plans for example the Community Strategy and health improvement plans
  • aligning partners finance and planning cycles will help join up planning across local areas.
7. Every member of the childrens’ workforce should be able to trace their contribution to the improvement in outcomes as set out in the CYPP
  • this includes statutory, voluntary and community workforces


DH & DfES guidance:

“Consider the current pattern and recent trends of outcomes for children and young people in their area against national and relevant local comparators”
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  • Sharing learning around processes
  • Sharing data collection and analysis methods, including comparative analysis to support Annual Performance Assessment and self assessment
  • Cost calculator – regional collaborative development
  • Children and young people’s needs are being put first every time consistently across the region by all partners.
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Commissioning principles in action

User's needs first Strategic leadship Early intervention Partnership work People with skills Long-term view Work with providers Continuous evaluation Spend wisely Open Process
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Did you know? 

Partnerships across the East Midland are developing ‘observatories’ to bring together data to support inter-agency needs analysis. These data can then inform the planning and delivery of services to children and young people more effectively. The East Midlands Public Health Observatory (EMPHO) also holds key data on local populations.

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