Children & Young People

Better Births, Local Maternity System and Maternity Services

Better Births Review

Following a national review of maternity services in 2016 a report ‘Better Births’ was published which sets out plans to make care safer and give women greater control and more choice. The requirements of Better Births, are:

Improve choice and personalisation of maternity services so that:

  • All pregnant women have a personalised care plan;
  • All women are able to make choices about their maternity care, during pregnancy, birth and after their baby is born;
  • Most women receive continuity of the person caring for them during pregnancy, birth and after their baby is born;
  • More women are able to give birth in midwifery settings (at home and in midwifery units)

Our Local Maternity Transformation (LMS)

The LMS has been set up in response to NHS England’s Better Births report which sets out a vision for safer, more personalised maternity care that reflects women’s choices and offers continuing joined-up care.

NHS organisations, Healthwatch and local councils, are working together as a Local Maternity System (LMS) to design and implement improvements in maternity and neonatal services.

LMS Plan

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have established a Local Maternity System (LMS) to ensure service transformation happens at a local level. This Plan describes how the LMS will transform local maternity services by 2020/2. To view this plan please click on the following link

Shropshire Public Health Nursing Service

Click here to find out more about the School Nursing Service, and here to find out more about the Health Visiting Service.

Please also see the poster below.

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Transformation Plan for Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2015-2020

This document sets out how we plan to transform mental health services for children and young people in line with the requirements set out in the NHS England document ‘Future in Mind’  (

The plan includes 6 programmes of transformation:

  • Development of integrated 0-25 years Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (to replace existing child and adolescent mental health services)
  • Improved neurodevelopmental assessment pathways
  • Training and development programme for workers in universal services to improve their knowledge and skills around emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Development of specialist eating disorder service for children and young people
  • Development of all-age psychiatric liaison service
  • Improved mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and their families

A summary of the six programmes of transformation can be found here

The full transformation plan document can be found here

The SEND local offer

Shropshire’s local offer helps families, children, young people and professionals to support those with special educational needs or disabilities to find accurate and appropriate information so that they can make positive decisions about their lives. Visit the website by clicking here

Shropshire Children’s Trust

Shropshire Children’s Trust is a partnership of agencies and representatives of young people and parents. Its vision is:
Children's forum
‘All children and young people, including those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, will be able to be healthy, safe and reach their potential, supported by their families and the wider community. In short, Shropshire will be a place where children and young people can flourish.’

In Shropshire the Children’s Trust has been aligned with the Health and Wellbeing Board Executive, allowing the issues relating to children to be an important part of the agreed draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  The Children’s Trust Executive comprising the main public sector organisations meets on a monthly basis and feeds directly into the Health and Wellbeing Board via the Health and Wellbeing Executive.  This arrangement ensures that the Health and Wellbeing Board has an appropriate focus on services for children and young people.  The Children’s Trust Executive also has a close working relationship with the Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and there has been joint sponsorship of the ‘Back to Basics’ programme with a remit to ensure a comprehensive early help offer

Children’s Trust Plan 2014

Shropshire Children’s Trust has published their ‘Children, Young People and Families Plan 2014’. Please click here to read it.

The strategy outlines the Children’s Trust’s plan for improving outcomes for children and young people. The focus is upon ensuring early intervention and delivering preventive and targeted services to meet need.

Highlights from the report:children

Outcome Areas

  1. Ensuring all children and young people are safe and well looked after in a supportive environment
  2. Narrowing the achievement gap in education and in work
  3. Ensuring the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by focussing on prevention and early intervention
  4. Keeping more children healthy and reducing health inequalities

Key Areas of Focus for the Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is keen to focus on specific areas where it can make a real difference as a partnership group. The following are key areas to focus development:

  • Family including hidden harm
  • Transition planning and arrangements
  • Emotional/ mental health and wellbeing
  • Building Communities 

Shropshire Family Information Service

Shropshire Family Information Service provides free information, advice and support on all aspects of family life. Whether you’re expecting a baby or have young children or teenagers, we can support you and any carer or other family member involved. Visit the website by clicking here.

 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) conference June 2017

A multi-agency conference was held by the Children’s Trust on the 16th June 2017 in Shrewsbury.

The two key outcomes for this conference were:

  • Be clearer about what the ACE approach is and how routine enquiry can make a difference
  • Identify ways to embed the ACE approach across partner agencies in Shropshire to improve outcomes for all.

Please see the presentations below

Introduction KB

ACE presentation JRB

DW – ACEs thinking in Birmingham

Summary slides AMS & LM

Shropshire 0-25 Autism Needs Assessment 

Shropshire’s Children’s Trust has published an Autism Needs Assessment for children and young people aged 0-25 across the region.

The needs assessment was developed in collaboration between Shropshire Council, Shropshire CCG, the voluntary and community sector and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. It includes information from parents and carers, schools and providers of services. The needs assessment highlights information about prevalence, level of need and access to services.

Click here to read the full document.