About The Children’s Partnership

Established in 2013, The Children’s Partnership is the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the Department for Education, led by 4Children and the National Children’s Bureau and in collaboration with Barnardo’s, the Family and Childcare Trust, NCVYS and NSPCC.
The Partnership provides policy and delivery advice to government and supports the VCSE sector to develop new and sustainable approaches, increasing capacity and improving outcomes for children, young people and families.   READ MORE

Adoption and Children in Care

Sharing knowledge of adoption, leaving care, looked after children and corporate parenting.

Early Years and Childcare

Working with professionals, children and families in the foundation years.


Ensuring that an understanding of family life recognises changing family dynamics and needs.  


Helping children and families directly through local services and providing training and support to people who work with children.

Young People

Building thriving communities and sustainable networks that empower all young people to achieve their potential.

The Children’s Partnership is working close with the Council for disabled children in their role as Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education on special educational needs and disability to ensure our work is entirely inclusive of all young people and families.

Children’s Partnership webinar – Can social prescribing work for the children’s sector?

  GPs and health commissioners across the country are increasingly keen on the “more than medicine” approach of social prescribing, which can include activities from dance classes to knitting groups and cookery clubs. It is being used to help people get to the root of problems. It has also helped smaller voluntary organisations get their services commissioned. The webinar showcased examples of social prescribing, looked at what evidence ...

New good practice guide for staying put arrangements in foster care

Guidance published today by the Children’s Partnership, the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the Department for Education, shows how those working in foster care and with looked after children can best support new ‘Staying Put’ arrangements allowing children in foster care to remain in their placements until age 21. Many care leavers have a more difficult start to adulthood as a consequence of their past experiences, coupled with ...

The Children and Families Act, a landmark in legislation

  The Children and Families Act, a landmark in legislation Children’s Partnership and CDC Strategic Partner for SEND reform – Joint Event Wednesday 4th June 2014 –  London This FREE event open to DfE prospectus grant holders and SEND grant holders will offer an ‘in focus’ look at the SEND reforms and what the ‘local offer’ means for you.  Providing you with an opportunity to consider how your project and grant funding contributes to ...


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