Shropshire Council

Shropshire's boards and strategy groups

Shropshire’s Children's Trust

This is a partnership group made up of representatives from:

  • Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Director of children’s services
  • Voluntary and community sector services
  • Youth offending services
  • Schools
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Head of safeguarding
  • Director of public health
  • Strengthening Families

Its role is to ensure the implementation and provision of improved and better joined up services and support for children and families. For SEN and disability, this means that they oversee the SEND strategic board through Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board. They're responsible for ensuring that commissioning, performance management and communication of key service provisions and processes are carried out in a way that's appropriate for our SEND community in Shropshire, and consistent with agreed policies and strategies in place.

Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board

This board is in place to bring together key leaders from local health and care organisations to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Shropshire people, and to reduce inequalities that are the cause of ill health. HWBB members work together to understand their local community's needs, agree priorities, and make decisions to improve the health and wellbeing of local people in Shropshire.

In relation to SEND the HWBB is responsible for the initial oversight of the SEND 0-25 strategic board and report to the Children’s Trust. It looks at the effective implementation of joint working practices and joint commissioning, through the JSNA (see below policies, plans, and strategies).

Disabled Children and Young People 0-25 Strategic Board

The SEND 0-25 Strategic Board is a partnership group that works across organisations to understand, develop, and coordinate services to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families, with a focus on the continuous improvement of outcomes.

Making it Real Board

Making it Real is a framework developed by the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) National Coproduction Advisory Group to help improve adult social care services and encourage better person centred practices. Making it Real is a voluntary board made up of services' user group representatives (referred to as 'Experts by Experience'), service provider representatives, commissioners, and operational leads from within Shropshire’s adult social care services. This board meets to discuss a range of issues and concerns that impact on the delivery of adult social care in relation to meeting the 26 identified ‘I’ statements (as outlined on their webpages) which are grouped into three key themes.

Shropshire’s ‘Making it Real’ priorities are:

  • Information and advice – having access to accurate, up to date information that enables you to make informed choices about your care and support as well as informing you of what's available to you in your area
  • Active and supportive communities – having access to a range of support to enable access to the community, independent living, training and learning, as well as access to a network of people to support you
  • Flexible integrated care and support – empowering you to have more influence and control over your care and support, access to services that are responsive to your needs, and coordinated services with clear communication pathways

In relation to SEN and disability this all ties into the legal duties are found within the Children and Families Act 2014 (referring to the transition between children’s and adults services) and the Care Act 2015.