What is the 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