Children's trusts

November 2012

What is a children's trust?

Children's trusts are there to support and coordinate the delivery of children's services in a locality and to act as a focal point for decision-making about local children, based on local considerations.

Children’s trust arrangements are based on a ‘duty to cooperate’, although there is flexibility in how local partners implement this responsibility.

Apart from the duty to cooperate, there is no longer statutory guidance on children’s trusts, and Children’s Trust Boards are no longer required to produce a statutory Children and Young People’s Plan. However, they are free to do so where this is felt to be appropriate locally in taking forward a strategy for children’s wellbeing.

There are examples of where these plans have the highlighted the importance of accident prevention as an integral part of improving outcomes for children’s health, wellbeing and life chances.

The children's trust is itself a partnership, with members from stakeholder organisations across the local authority. Local areas can position the Children’s Trust Board in the way that is most suitable to the newly emerging structures in local government and public health. The changes to children’s trust arrangements are consistent with the introduction of health and wellbeing boards.

More information

For more information on Children’s Trust Boards visit the Department for Education (DfE) site:

Updated June 2013