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This is an incredibly important time to be joining our children’s services leadership team as we embark on the creation of a new integrated model for children’s services. These ambitious plans will bring together all of the people and services that work with and support children and young people in Cornwall with the vision that we can break down barriers that can prevent our children and young people from being safe, healthy and achieving brighter futures.

Under One Vision, Cornwall’s multi-agency partnership plan for children, young people and their families, all the agencies working with children in Cornwall believe that greater integration is the best way of improving the effectiveness of services. The plan launched in March 2017 and from 1 April 2019 we brought all of our children's services together under an integrated children's services directorate called Together for Families.

One Vision set out the plan for a new integrated model for children’s services in Cornwall, providing one “front door” for families to access education, health and social care services. Our aim is to radically change the way services work together to improve the lives of children, young people and their families in Cornwall and the Isles and Scilly.

The decision to integrate services for children has come about after listening to what children, young people and families in Cornwall have said they want – a more efficient service where they can get the right help at the right time in one go. Our plan has been developed to:

  • Strengthen families and communities

  • Raise aspiration and educational achievement for all children and to close the outcomes gap for vulnerable children

  • Protect, promote and improve children’s physical, emotional and mental health.

  • Help and protect children from the risk of harm.

  • Increase the contribution and resilience of the community.

Senior leaders involved in providing Children’s Services across Cornwall have joined together as signatories to this strategy to change the way education, health and social care services are provided in future in the County. To find out more, download our Together for Families Vision, Mission & Values, visit our Together for Families page or look back at our One Vision Partnership Plan which sets out the principles for the development and implementation of the ‘One Vision’ Children and Young People’s Transformation Plan 2017-20.

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