Westminster’s Children’s Trust Board brings together organisations responsible for services for children, young people and their families in a shared commitment to improving children's lives.
Although it is no longer a statutory requirement that we have a formal Children's Trust, Westminster City Council is committed to the continuation of the work of the board.
The focus of the board, and of Westminster Children’s Services as a whole, is on ‘early intervention’ – the early identification of issues and addressing them to prevent problems later in life. Within Children’s Services, early intervention activities are delivered by multi-disciplinary teams including professionals with backgrounds in social care, education welfare, youth work, early years, play and parenting support. These teams are based in locality areas of the borough – the north-west, the north-east and the south.
The board is used as a mechanism to bring together representatives from the key organisations that work with children and young people in the Borough. Each year specific focus areas for the board are jointly agreed and all members work collaboratively to address these.
Members of the Board include representatives from Children’s Services, schools, housing, commissioners and providers of health services, the metropolitan police as well as community and voluntary organisations. (A full list of members is provided on the Governance and reporting.)