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Terms of reference

All children and young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are safe, healthy, and have equal chances of accessing all available opportunities to achieve brighter futures.
The gap between those who are doing well and those who are doing less well has been closed by targeting care and support to those children, young people and their families with the most pressing needs.

We continually strive to develop and transform all services that children and young people may access, to enable one and all the best possible opportunities for excellent health and wellbeing, throughout their lives and particularly as they make the transition to adulthood.

Too many children, young people and their families do not have these good opportunities and are worried about their futures. We are committed to working together to change this by collaborating with each other and with children, young people and their families to overcome the barriers to good opportunities and outcomes. This means making best use of our shared resources to achieve integrated agendas for change.


The One Vision partnership, on behalf of the respective Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health and wellbeing boards (HWB), will set the strategic framework and monitor its effectiveness, to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families, incorporating the duties of the Child Poverty Act 2010.


  • Raise the profile and awareness of the needs of children, young people and families to influence and inform organisational and system planning.
  • Act in partnership to advocate for children, young people and their families and extend their influence appropriately.
  • Ensure all children and young people have access to high quality services.
  • Focus on prevention and the early identification of children with additional needs as the basis for the right help at the right time.
  • Ensure that agencies are taking action to ensure appropriate equality and diversity requirements are met for children, young people and families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  • Use agreed evidence-based approaches, needs assessment and service user and resident feedback to shape and inform service design and delivery.
  • Promote the participation and influence of practitioners and clinicians in the design and delivery of services.
  • Operate in an open, transparent and accountable manner to build trust within the system.

Role and function

The core functions of the One Vision partnership are to:

  • operate as a multi-agency children’s partnership to encourage and support commissioners and providers to co-produce the One Vision partnership plan for children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which fulfils the role of the required children and young people’s plan and ensure it is implemented
  • monitor the impact of time limited funding requiring multi-agency commitment to implement programmes designed to innovate, implement new legislation embedding results and sustainability
  • oversee the development of an appropriate performance scorecard to monitor performance of identified key performance indicators (KPIs) and deliver and support appropriate management of poor performance
  • set up task and finish groups where appropriate
  • advise and make recommendations to the two councils and partners regarding the exercise of their functions in respect of children’s services and wellbeing of children and their families and to escalate issues of concern to the HWB as they arise
  • raise the profile and awareness of children and family needs and issues to influence and inform annual planning and budget setting

Role and responsibilities of members

There is an expectation that members:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the needs and strategic issues impacting on children and young people in Cornwall
  • provide a constructive, robust and purposeful challenge to prompt all commissioners and providers of services to provide good quality, timely, efficient and cost effective services for children and young people
  • act in partnership and are responsible for effective two-way communication within their respective organisations
  • Membership

    Cornwall Council

    • Chair: Director of children’s services.
    • Children and families scrutiny committee chair.
    • Children and family services service director.
    • Children and wellbeing portfolio holder.
    • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly public health interim director.
    • Economic growth service director.
    • Education and early years service director.
    • Housing service director.
    • Resilient Cornwall service director and chief fire officer.


    • Associate director for children’s services, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
    • Associate director of women, children and sexual health, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
    • Chief executive, Kernow CIC.
    • Director of integrated commissioning, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. Post due to be vacant and a covering deputy has been nominated – children’s health commissioner lead.
    • Cornwall Healthwatch representative – to be confirmed.

    Isles of Scilly

    • Director of children’s services, Council of the Isles of Scilly.
    • Healthwatch Isles of Scilly representative – to be confirmed.
    • Lead member for children.
    • Parent carer council representative – to be confirmed.

    Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise Sector

    • Chief executive, Cornwall Food Foundation.
    • Chief executive, Volunteer Cornwall.
    • Chief executive, Voluntary Sector Forum.
    • Chief executive, Young People Cornwall.


    • Chief superintendent, Devon and Cornwall Police.
    • Partnership superintendent, Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Regional and national

    • Children’s Safeguarding Partnership chair.
    • Cornwall Association secondary heads.
    • Cornwall Association primary heads.
    • Department Work and Pensions area manager.
    • Employment and Skills Board.
    • Further education or higher education representative – to be confirmed.
    • NHS England.
    • Parent and Carer Council.
    • Partnerships, networks and user group representatives.
    • Safer Cornwall Partnership.


    Meetings will be quorate with two-thirds membership, and all members should provide a named substitute.


    The One Vision Partnership will provide steering, support, challenge and co- production with a broad group of stakeholders and fulfil the requirement to have a partnership that ensures the system is acting effectively for children, young people and families. A One Vision executive group is established to act as the decision-making board for projects. The below diagram gives a flavour for how the partnership will work with other parts of the governance system but the outer circles are not exhaustive.

    A diagram showing how the One Vision partnership works with other parts of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership system.

    Probity and declaration of interest

    The Nolan principles of public life apply. Members will be expected to declare any board or committee membership.

    Administration and coordination

    The strategic and administrative support is provided by Cornwall Council. Agenda, minutes and papers will be circulated to the members a minimum of three working days in advance. These will be public documents and sited on the One Vision website. These terms of reference will be reviewed annually as a minimum.

    Frequency of meetings

    The One Vision partnership will meet every three months with additional meetings should they be required.

    As a sub-group of the Cornwall HWB the One Vision partnership will be expected to contribute to the agenda of the HWB and its stakeholder groups including conferences it may hold. Though not a formal sub-group of the Isles of Scilly HWB it will also contribute to the agenda of the Isles of Scilly HWB.

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