The Children’s Services Strategic Partnership (CSSP)

Our Partnership vision of ‘North Ayrshire – A Better Life’ is about championing and developing the positive aspects of life in North Ayrshire, whilst also tackling poverty and disadvantage in all of its forms.

The Children’s Services Strategic Partnership (CSSP) is responsible for delivering against the Community Planning Partnership theme of “A Thriving North Ayrshire – Children and Young People” and working towards our ambition to ensure children have the best start in life and for North Ayrshire to be the best place in Scotland to grow up.

The CSSP meets quarterly and is currently chaired by the Executive Director (Interim) (Communities) and includes members from:

  • North Ayrshire Council
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration
  • Children’s Panel
  • Third Sector, and
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The partnership provides a strategic lead in the delivery and monitoring of the  North Ayrshire’s Children’s Services Plan 2020-23.

The partnership also works to uphold children’s rights evidenced by the promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Our North Ayrshire Children’s Rights Report can be viewed here.

The partnership reports to the CPP Board, the CPP Senior Officers Group, North Ayrshire Council Cabinet, Health & Social Care Partnership Integrated Joint Board, and NHS Ayrshire & Arran Board as appropriate.

Children’s Services Annual Performance Report 2019/20

Children’s Services Annual Performance Report 2019/20

Child Poverty Action Plan

The key pledge within Fair for All is “North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership pledges to tackle the root causes of child poverty and mitigate its impact to create a better life for local people.” The Child Poverty Action Plan gives this work a renewed focus and energy, and reinforces our commitment to our North Ayrshire children.

While the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act places duties on Local Authorities and Health Boards only we have developed this action plan with our Community Planning Partnership. This is in acknowledgement of the strong partnership approach needed to effectively tackle this issue.

The 2019/20 plan and report is available here