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.
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:
By working with children, young people and families, the Trust sets strategic direction, establishes priorities, monitors progress and identifies resources to develop services.
You can find agendas and minutes of recent Children's Trust meetings at the following link: Latest agendas and minutes
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.
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
Strategic Director of Children's Services
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