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Shared Responsibilities and Processes

The information in this section details key joint tools and strategies used and created by the Trust partners to assist in planning and delivering its priorities through the Children & Young Peoples Plan. This plan provides the framework for improving outcomes for children, young people and families across Bristol.


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Preparation of the Children and Young People’s Plan and all strategic planning for its delivery are reliant on high quality data. The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) helps inform the Children and Young People’s Trust in the preparation of any revision of the Children and Young People’s Plan, as it will the Bristol Partnership in preparing the Sustainable City Strategy.


The JSNA is updated on a regular basis.  The last baseline report was in October 2008 with an update in 2009.  The 2010 JSNA update report has now been published, which provides a more strategic overview, with a basic summary to introduce the JSNA to wider stakeholders.


Information on the JSNA is also available from the NHS website.


Bristol Children & Young People’s Needs Portal

As the Children’s Trust partners increasingly work closer together to ensure provision of quality services and support reliable, up to date and accurate data on the characteristics and needs of Bristol’s children and young people is essential. This can help provide (and check) baseline assumptions of the status of particular groups and help plan appropriate and targeted support for the future, both crucial for accurate commissioning and also service delivery itself.


There is now one key location for all partners and practitioners (as well as parents and carers) to access such information:


On this website, data is collated under the five Every Child Matters outcomes and there is also information on the key indicators regarding Child Poverty. The website is interactive and offers the opportunity to comment, challenge, request further data and to add your own perspectives to the discussion.


Key Strategies


There are a number of key strategies that support and form the decision making of the Children’s Trust in Bristol. As these are updated they will be attached here.


Bristol’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Children and Young People 2009-14


Poor emotional health has an impact on physical health, educational achievement, employment, parenting, relationships, smoking, substance misuse, unwanted pregnancy, and crime. It is key to the future life chances of children and young people.


The aim of this strategy is to coordinate the planning and commissioning of services to ensure that the resources of all agencies are used in the most effective way possible to improve the emotional health of children and young people in Bristol.


For more detail on this strategy see the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy page.


Bristol’s Prevention & Early Intervention Strategy 2009-14


Prevention and early intervention is the concern of all those working with children, young people and their families, regardless of what level or type of service is being provided.


We all have a responsibility to help build the resilience of children and young people so they are better equipped to face life’s challenges and benefit from opportunities.


Preventing and intervening earlier is a long-term ambition, this strategy sets out clearly the Children and Young People’s Partnership’s commitment to achieving this.


This strategy builds on the work of all partners on the Prevention and Early Intervention Workstream Group over the last two years and is informed by a specific consultation exercise in the summer of 2008, key messages from previous consultation exercises and the Annual Performance Assessment.


Download the Prevention and Early Intervention document