Children and Family Services

Background Documents

The Isle of Wight Children’s Trust Action Plan 2014 – 2017 (PDF, 623KB, 22 pages) sets out the outcomes and actions required to make progress in the priority areas over 2014 - 2015 from the 2014 - 2017 Children and Young Peoples Plan. 

In 2012, in partnership with The Children’s Society, the council undertook the largest ever survey of young people on the Island. The survey asked children and young people about their subjective wellbeing and included questions on key areas such as family relationships and feelings about the local area. The online survey, which was delivered in partnership with schools, included questions used in national surveys conducted by The Children’s Society and the results give an important insight not just into the issues that are important for young people on the Island, but a guide as to how those views compare to children across the UK. Almost 5,000 children aged between eight and 16, in primary and secondary schools across the Island, took part. This document summarises the results of that survey. The findings will now inform the drafting of a Children and Young People’s Plan for the Island.  View the Child Well-being Survey (PDF, 4.04Mb, 43 pages).


The Corporate Parenting Board Report  (PDF, 99.77KB, 13 pages) reflects the importance that the Isle of Wight Council gives to ensuring that its children in public care are safe, cared for and achieving well. 

View the The Foster Carers' Charter  (PDF, 30KB, 2 pages) this lays out what the foster carers can expect from the fostering service and what the fostering service expects from foster carers. 

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) will be a key part of the new local arrangements to improve health and wellbeing on the Island, outlined in the government’s public health white paper ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’. These arrangements will include the establishment of a local Health and Wellbeing Board, which will bring together Isle of Wight Council, NHS Isle of Wight and the emerging Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as other local partners. The Board will provide a framework for these organisations to take a joint approach to improving the health and wellbeing of the Island population. To find out more about JSNA

The JSNA is intended to provide a comprehensive picture of the Island’s health and wellbeing, and will enable the Health and Wellbeing Board to develop an over-arching Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the Island.  This strategy will respond to the needs and priorities identified in the JSNA, and plan what services and activities are required to address them.

To view an Organisational Chart showing the arrangement of the social work units and the managers that they report to. (PDF, 134KB, 1 page).

View the Threshold for Interventions (currently under review) (PDF, 94KB, 2 pages), produced by the Safeguarding Children Partnership, is a document primarly written for professionals who come into regular or daily contact with children or families and may have concern about a child, young person or unborn child.  This is a tool to help professionals decide about appropriate levels of intervention.

The Isle of Wight Sufficiency Report 2017 to 2020  (PDF, 893KB, 45 pages) is a review of the accommodation for looked after children and care leavers, plans for development and priorities for action for 2017 to 2020.