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Children and Young People's Trust (CYPT)

Children and Young People's Trust (CYPT)

The Children and Young People’s Trust is a local partnership. It links with the wider partnerships that exist in East Sussex and brings together many organisations. These all have a stake in improving outcomes for children, young people and families. They include:

  • East Sussex County Council
  • NHS
  • the voluntary sector
  • district and borough councils
  • schools and colleges
  • independent housing providers
  • police and fire services
  • local businesses

Children’s Services has the lead role for facilitating the CYPT.

How the CYPT began

The government introduced Children’s Trust arrangements in 2004. We have been working with our partners since then. The structure of the Trust has changed over time to respond to legislation and local demand. The current governance structure has been in place since 2013. Our main aim is still to improve outcomes for children and young people. It states this in Section 10 of the Children Act 2004. The CYPT recognises that each organisation is an important part of a whole system.

The vision

The Trust works together to make best use of resources to provide support where it is most needed.

The role of the CYPT

Through partnership groups and the Children and Young People’s Plan, the CYPT:

  • shares decision making
  • engages in discussion and challenge
  • shares and reviews data
  • raises awareness of specific issues
  • develops joint strategies

Contact the CYPT

If you have a question or would like to contact the Children and Young People’s Trust use the contacts below.

Or you can write to us at:

Equality, Participation and Partnerships
South G, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
East Sussex

Annual report 2021

The annual report is a summary of webinars for partners in the Children and Young People’s Trust. The aims of the webinars were to:

  • enable networking
  • discuss new and developing partnership projects
  • discuss workforce confidence in a ‘whole family’ approach to supporting children

The following is a summary of key messages and actions:

Improving communication between partners in the CYPT


Explore a more permanent online space for partners to shape and develop new projects, so they can:

  • connect with relevant projects
  • ask for contributions for their own projects
  • highlight other opportunities

Equality and Youth Voice – the CYPT will promote equality data monitoring


  • Share research about the needs of different groups of people
  • Share resources on personal safety and tackling harassment
  • Encourage partners to collect equality monitoring data about their staff
  • Signpost and share training opportunities in key areas:
  1. Gender reassignment and trans inclusion
  2. Disability
  3. Race

Share resources to develop the workforce

Actions: The CYPT will share learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Online safety
  • Sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour

To see the full report

For a copy of the full report, please

Children and Young People's Plan

The aim of the Children and Young People’s Trust (CYPT) is to improve outcomes for children and young people. In particular, it aims to support those who are vulnerable to poor outcomes.

The joint strategic priorities of the agencies that make up the Trust partnership are:

  • Improving the school readiness of children at all transition stages
  • Helping more parents enter, sustain and progress in work
  • Improving the quality of life of low-income families in other ways where possible
  • Ensuring effective early help and safeguarding for young people
  • Improving education, attainment, and skill levels of young people 14-19. This includes through a strong academic route. It also includes wider range of apprenticeship, vocational training, and work experience opportunities
  • Improving emotional wellbeing and mental health support 

The CYPT Plan forms the statutory Child Poverty Strategy for East Sussex. Please see: