Senior leaders from across Northamptonshire came together for a system-wide conversation aimed at improving outcomes for children and young people in our county.
The 2020 Northamptonshire Children and Young People Summit took place remotely in November, with over 50 leaders in attendance representing a wide range of children’s and young people’s services.
The summit was facilitated by Professor Simon Kenny, NHS England’s national clinical director for children and young people. Keynote speaker Ian Thomas CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, highlighted the importance of listening to children and young people in the provision and development of services.
Four young people also joined the summit to describe their own experiences and highlight how they each wanted to help shape service improvements. Attendees were struck by their powerful contributions which further emphasised why meaningful engagement and involvement is so crucial to delivering better services and outcomes.
Facilitated workshops took place focusing on the outcomes local leaders want to achieve for children and young people, and the summit ended with a joint commitment to concentrate efforts around the agreed outcomes and pledge resources to support the evolution of services for children and young people in Northamptonshire.
Summit hosts Angela Hillery, chief executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Theresa Grant, chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “We feel that the summit was a good opportunity to bring a wide group of people together and has certainly helped to spring-board our collective journey towards improving outcomes for children and young people.
“We are passionate about ensuring we improve outcomes for the children, young people and their families within our county and believe that the summit has created a focused environment within which these changes can begin to take shape.”
All the input and feedback from the Northamptonshire Children and Young People Summit is now being assessed and will be used to develop a way forward for children and young people in the county.
Young people’s feedback to the Northamptonshire summit: