County consulting on young people’s needs

WHAT should we focus on to improve the lives of children and young people in East Sussex?

That’s the question being put to parents, carers, children and young people in the county.

It is being posed by East Sussex Children and Young People’s Trust (CYPT), the partnership that brings together the groups and organisations that work to improve the lives of the county’s young people.

With a membership that includes East Sussex County Council, local NHS organisations, district and borough councils, Sussex Police, schools and colleges, and various voluntary and community groups, the CYPT is consulting on a new action plan.

This document, which is developed every three years, will be the over-arching plan for how the partners will work together to improve services.

A new plan is now being prepared for the period 2011-14 and the CYPT wants to make sure that the ideas and priorities that it contains are the right ones.

Feedback from parents and carers will help develop the new plan and shape services provided in the county over coming years.

Cllr Keith Glazier, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Children’s and Adults’ Services, said, “This really is an important document as it sets out our priorities based on feedback we have received from a wide range of people in the last few years and through our analysis of data about outcomes for children and young people.

“They are not the only things we will be working on over the next few years but they are some of our most significant challenges that we face.”

And he urged parents and young people to have their say.

“We want to make sure that we speak to as many parents, carers and young people as possible.

“As we shape our services and plan for the future here in East Sussex it’s obviously really important that this plan reflects what people think and need.”

In drafting the plan the organisations have also looked extensively at the various consultations which have been carried out by different partners over the past couple of years.

Staff from those partner organisations also took part in a number of events last year to discuss the priorities that should be identified in the plan.

Through the county’s Youth Cabinet young people have also had a say.

To get more information on the draft plan and part in an online questionnaire about the priorities it contains visit http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation/2011/cypp/default.htm