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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 3.00pm on Friday 31 March until 8.00am Monday 3 April 2023: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Children and Young People's Strategy

This is a partnership strategy for all children and young people from pre-birth up to the age of 25 (for those young people with special educational needs and disabilities) and their families in County Durham.

The aim of this strategy is to provide focus and clarity on the priorities for improving services and life opportunities for children and young people. The document considers what life is currently like for children and young people in County Durham, based on feedback from children and young people and analysis of their needs. It sets out where we want to be in three years and what actions we will undertake to achieve this. For the public it provides a summary of the importance of services and support for children and young people, who are the future of our county, and what they can expect from local services.

This strategy has been prepared jointly by all public services and voluntary and community services including the council, local health services and the police who work together to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families through the Children and Families Partnership. 

Icon for pdf Children and Young People's Strategy 2019 - 2022 (PDF, 2.4mb)