Children's Trust Board

Our role as a Children's Trust Board (CTB)

The CTB creates the conditions that will support children and young people to make the best possible life choices. It promotes work in communities that is based around encouraging greater integration between organisations and partnerships, and supporting community-based solutions.

The CTB members use their leadership roles to raise the national profile of Cumbria in terms of its achievements in building on community-led approaches to working with children, families and services.

To do this the CTB has developed a Children and Young People's Plan (PDF 2.6MB) that provides the context to link together all existing plans, and enables the partners to speak with one voice about the needs and aspirations of children and young people and in Cumbria.

Partners need to be confident in applying lessons learned across the whole landscape of services for children and young people.

Roles and Accountabilities

Cumbria County Council has the lead responsibility for establishing and maintaining the co-operation and partnership arrangements for children, young people and their families, and facilitating the inclusion and participation of all key partners in the arrangements.

Accountability for specific actions in the plan will sit with the organisation that has the relevant strategic lead as set out in the diagram above. They will provide the Children's Trust Board with relevant information to inform the regular reviews.

Membership of Children's Trust Board

The membership of the Children's Trust Board will comprise of senior representatives of:

  • Children's Services
  • Health (to include CCG and the main provider Trusts in Cumbria)
  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • Lead Member for Children's services
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Public Health
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Cumbria Alliance of Systems Leaders
  • Chief Executive's Group

Named representatives from a range of other partners will be members of the 3 CTB subgroups and their chairs will sit on the Children's Trust Board. A full list of all the members of the CTB is included in the Terms of Reference.


To be appointed from within the CTB membership but usually the Corporate Director for Children's Services.

The Terms of Reference for the Board (PDF 279KB) show the aims, responsibilities, governance and scope of the Board.