Children and Young People

The Children and Young People's (CYP) Service Office brings together early help, education, youth, community health, early years and specialist services.

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What we do

The CYP Service Office provides universal, early help and specialist services to children and families that are proportionate to their needs.

This includes a range of statutory duties in relation to the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Children & Young People’s Services includes:

  • Early Help services
  • Health Visiting
  • School Nursing
  • Education & Learning
  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • Social Care Services
  • Fostering & Adoption
  • Disabled Children’s Services
  • Youth Offending

Download our CYP Promise to children, young people and families.

Cabinet Member

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Councillor Gordon Jones - Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills  

Our management

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 Sue Cook

Corporate Director for Children and Adult Services

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Allan Cadzow

Service Director for Children and Young People's Services

Our aims, visions and values

Vision: we want safer, happier children and to enable families to create sustainable change for themselves.

Our values: are empowerment, respect, innovation, collaboration and commitment.

Our core professional purpose is: to ensure safety, wellbeing and learning.

Our projects and programmes

Family 2020

Family 2020 is our five year partnership plan to transform the way that families are supported in Suffolk. You can view the Family 2020 Strategy (PDF, 3MB).

This is a large programme of work, with three changes to the way we design and deliver services:

1. Understand and anticipate families’ needs – integrating our data into a single child record, developing a universal needs assessment, identifying hidden needs and future needs, and targeting individuals and their families.

2. Reach out and respond – developing early help interventions to target individuals, building on Signs of Safety ethos to create a more compassionate system design that is pro-active, reducing demand to acute and statutory services (creating capacity for those most in need). New interventions will make much better use of community, universal and digital resources.

3. Integrate to manage demand across the system – a single point of access to manage demand and make best use of system resources with every referral receiving appropriate support, integrated commissioning and service design to move funding from acute to early help.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar is providing a focus for services across Suffolk County Council, with the aim of raising attainment and aspiration across the whole age range from early years to further education.

It's also about linking the jobs on offer in Suffolk with the skills needed by improving connections between employers and schools and colleges across the county.

Find out more about Raising the Bar.

Making Every Intervention Count

Suffolk Children & Young People’s Services and the partner agencies and voluntary organisations that work closely with us are continuing to look at the different ways that we can make the best use of our shared, community resources to support children and families who need extra help at different points in their lives.

All of this work is coordinated through a transformation programme called Making Every Intervention Count.

Read about what Making Every Intervention Count has achieved to date including new teams and services.

Commissioning Intentions

Our commissioning intentions have been jointly agreed between Suffolk County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, and are available in the tendering and supplying section of this website.

These intentions which have been developed by commissioners, working with partners and providers, outline our shared strategic direction and allows providers to plan ahead.

All our services must meet the CYP Quality Practice Standards. These standards define good practice and make explicit what is expected when providing a service to children, young people and families in Suffolk.

Children's Trust Board

A Joint Commissioning Group has been established on behalf of the Children’s Trust to agree joint strategic commissioning intentions to fulfil the requirements of Suffolk's Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

This group is also responsible for outcome one in the children & young people's plan: Giving every child in Suffolk the best start in life; and also reports to the Health & Wellbeing Board.

Find more information about the Children’s Trust Board on our website.

A career with Children and  Young People's Services

Visit working with children, young people and families in jobs and careers.