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Key strategic documents and plans

  • Children, young people and families

Family Services works with partners to help ensure that children and young people are kept safe, receive good quality education and any additional support needs are identified early and addressed. A number of partnership and Family Services plans support our work. These can be downloaded from the documents below.

Barnet Children's Services Improvement Journey

Children’s Services in Barnet were judged by Ofsted to be inadequate when Ofsted undertook a Single Inspection Framework (SIF) during April and May 2017. The Council fully accepted the findings of the report and is working collectively with the partnership to drive the improvements needed to transform social care services for children, young people and their families from inadequate to good rapidly.

In response to the the Ofsted Improvement Recommendations we have set out Barnet Children's Services Improvement Journey.

Profile of Children and Young People in Barnet

The Children and Young People section of the Barnet Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) brings together information from different organisations about the needs of Barnet’s children and young people. It includes data on demographics and deprivation; health; safeguarding; education and attainment.  It informs the Children and Young People Plan and underpins our service planning and commissioning.

Barnet Children and Young People Plan

The Barnet Children and Young People Plan is the key partnership document which sets out our ambitions and priorities for children and young people in Barnet, identifies what all partners will do to deliver this and how we will measure our success.  All other plans and strategies in Barnet’s Family Services build on the Children and Young People Plan, which is consistent with Barnet Council’s Corporate Plan.

Early Intervention and Prevention

The Early Help Strategy  provides a framework to ensure Barnet’s early help services are effectively coordinated and targeted, monitored successfully and continually drive the building of resilience with children and families.

The strategy has been updated in 2018 through partnership work to develop and strengthen early help in Barnet. The overarching aim is to ensure our early help services provide successful interventions that build resilience as early as possible when Barnet’s children and families experience problems. By working this way we prevent escalating need, improve outcomes for children and families and reduce costly support at a later stage.

The Early Intervention and Prevention strategy is overseen by the Early Intervention and Prevention Strategic group having been approved at the Children’s Safeguarding Board in March 2018. This group is multi-agency with key representation from partners that work with our children and families. The group oversees the implementation of the strategy by setting out a work plan based on priorities and integrates the intervention strategies of partners.

Education Strategy

The Education Strategy provides a framework for schools, education providers and others to work together to achieve the ambition set out in Barnet's Children and Young People Plan.

Other strategic documents

Other key documents include the Placements Commissioning Strategy and the Voice of the Child Strategy Action Plan.

The Barnet CAMHS Transformation Plan captures Barnet’s response to the government’s policy “Future in Mind” (March 2015) and outlines how we aim to meet the challenges and opportunities to enhance the delivery of an excellent CAMH service as set out in the Transformation Guidance (August 2015).

The Barnet Local Assessment Protocol is for professionals who come  into contact with children and families  living in Barnet and have a concern  about  their welfare.


  • Strategy, Insight and Commissioning
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 6297
  • Email: Sophie.Reece-Trapp@Barnet.gov.uk

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