A quarter of children’s trusts will initially focus on providing
services for disabled children.
Eight of the 35 pathfinders (news, page 10, 17 July) aim to stop
disabled children and their families from having too many
assessments and appointments.
The government sees children’s trusts as playing a key role in
“achieving a coherent approach towards child protection”. They are
central to the forthcoming children’s green paper proposals.
Ministers have left it up to local areas to decide which services
their trust will focus on, leading to wide variety across the
country. Around a third will involve all children’s services, while
others have chosen to specialise. At least six trusts will be
focused around schools.