Our ultimate aim is for all our children and young people to have a chance to be safe, resilient and achieving. To be this, they need:

  • Basic physical care – Somewhere suitable to live, clothing, food.
  • Health – Living a healthy lifestyle, access to dental care, good mental health.
  • Parenting / emotional – Loving and nurturing parenting that develops resilience, self-management, aspiration.
  • Education and employment – A good quality education that equips a young person for life, good employment opportunities and career prospects.
  • Positive social networks and communities – The wider environment should support, encourage and develop strong identities and aspiration.
  • Safety – A child’s basic needs to be safe and protected from harm should be in place.
  • Responsibility and independence – Children and young people should be given the opportunity to become responsible and independent in their decision making as they grow.

What we need to tackle

Significant factors which can undermine a good environment for a child and young person are listed below. The list of factors is not exhaustive and nor are they the sole responsibility of the Local Area Team; rather the Local Area Team should be considered part of the wider multi-agency response to these challenges.

  • Domestic abuse
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health (parental and child/young person)
  • A poor start to life
  • Housing
  • Poor physical health
  • Debt / worklessness / NEET
  • Poor family engagement (e.g. isolation, poor school attendance, poor engagement with support)
  • Parenting
  • Adult offending
  • Lack of family or community resilience
  • Poor service delivery and silo working
  • Poor transitions

Planning for action

Each Local Area Team would be expected to complete a local area outcomes plan reflecting the needs across families, communities and the themed areas identified. The LAT would work with partners to build the plans setting out the response in each area. These actions would reflect the building blocks of the new operating model. These building blocks are a new way of working and will describe the fundamental strands of work that Local Area Teams will undertake. They will change our approach, our language and our culture in early help and make outcomes for children, everybody’s business.

PLEASE NOTE - Local Area Teams are currently in development. If you have a concern about a child or young person please follow the existing process.


Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS)

01904 554444