Bradford Children's Trust

What is the Children's Trust?

Bradford Children's Trust is a local partnership of organisations responsible for the strategic framework and delivery of services to children, young people and families.

What is the role of the Trust?

Our vision is that every child and young person should be supported to have the best possible start in life, and be given active help and encouragement towards achieving the outcomes identified in the following themes:

Be healthy

  • Reduce infant mortality 
  • Improve child nutrition 
  • Reduce teenage pregnancy

Stay safe

  • Reduce number of looked after children 
  • Improve outcomes for looked after children 
  • Minimise incidence of abuse and neglect 
  • Reduce incidence of children going missing

Enjoy and achieve

  • Promote a range of recreational activities, including play and voluntary learning provision, for children and young people 
  • Support vulnerable groups of children and young people (including looked after children, children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and specific black and ethnic minority groups) to enjoy and achieve 
  • Increase attainment, particularly at Key Stages 2 and 4 
  • Increase attendance for those children and young people at school and increase provision for those who do not attend school

Make a positive contribution

  • Reduce offending and re-offending rates 
  • Improve behaviour in schools 
  • Provide and ensure access to a range of positive activities for all young people

Achieve economic well-being

  • Children and young people who are looked after are helped to achieve economic well-being 
  • Children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are helped to achieve economic wellbeing 
  • New: Ensure parents have access to childcare to enable them to work or train

By working with children, young people and families, the Trust sets strategic direction, establishes priorities, monitors progress and identifies resources to develop services.

Minutes of Children's Trust meetings

You can find agendas and minutes of recent Children's Trust meetings at the following link: Latest agendas and minutes

Children and Young People's Plan

The Children and Young People's Plan sets out how our services will work on behalf of the growing young population of the district to improve their future life chances.

We aim to support children at the earliest opportunity and at the earliest age when they are most vulnerable. We have put in place an Early Help offer which will enable services to intervene early at the point where things first start to go wrong in their lives. This is part of the Big Idea, to which partners have signed up: "local joined-up services focused on prevention". A copy of the Early Help strategy is at the bottom of this page.

Stronger partnerships deliver stronger services

As a Children’s Trust, we recognise that stronger partnerships, greater integration of services and a shared purpose lead to better services for children, young people and families – especially the most vulnerable. The core principle of a shared commitment to improve the lives of children, young people and families – enshrined in the ‘duty to co-operate’ – remains as important as it ever was. The Trust's Statement of Intent underpins our commitment as an ongoing partnership.

We look forward to working with you all on this.

Cllr Ralph Berry
Executive Member for Children's Services

Michael Jameson
Strategic Director of Children's Services

Safeguarding children

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child in the Bradford District, these are the numbers that you can call for advice and to make a referral:

During office hours call Children's Social Care Initial Contact Point - 01274 437500 - (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm on Friday)
At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team - 01274 431010
If you have reason to believe that a child is at immediate risk of harm, contact the police on 999