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0-25 Advisory Board and 0-25 Transformation

If you work with children, young people and families in Salford, our 0-25 Transformation involves you. Parents, carers, relatives, educators, health workers, volunteers, faith communities, youth workers, social workers and emergency services all have their part to play.

We want children and young people to achieve their potential.

We are creating short films to show the impact of selected 0-25 Transformation projects.

The 0-25 Advisory Board

Salford's 0-25 Advisory Board (025AB) oversees 0-25 Transformation. The board includes senior people from around 20 organisations and meets six times per year. It is chaired by:

  • Melissa Caslake (Executive Director of Children’s Services, Salford City Council)

Please contact Clare Hopton, 0-25 Advisory Board Business Manager by email at for any queries relating to the work of the board. 

What's been happening

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Families will be at the heart of a better way of working. We’re testing how Multi-Agency Meetings can enable parents to make choices that best meet their children's additional needs. We are hoping to stop using formal 'panel' processes behind closed doors.

We’re looking at ways to help children with distressed behaviour remain with their families and communities for as long as possible.

We're testing personal budgets for young people with learning disabilities through a process of ‘planning together’ with a group of families.

Read more about SEND

Emotional Health & Wellbeing

We've tested smoother 'pathways' for children and young people with emotional health needs. We want to help them build resilience and life skills so they can thrive. We want to support young people as soon as they need it, in a way that's right for them. We've agreed 'Ambitions' for how services will be delivered. And for young people who still need support as adults, we're improving the transition to adult mental health services. Read more at

Speech, Language & Communication Needs

We're looking at how schools, learning support, and therapists can work better together - between themselves and with families - to help children with Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN).

This includes introducing checks to identify SLCN just before children start school, so they can get timely support. Find out more about speech, language and communication needs

Learning for Life and FACT

Young people have told us they want their education to include things like:

  • health and wellbeing
  • self esteem and confidence
  • problem solving
  • finances
  • understanding politics.

We are testing ways to make this a reality. For example, we ran an 'open conference' where young people could choose workshops including emergency first aid, and managing money.

We developed FACT, our project between young entrepreneurs, community organisations, public sector partners and local businesses which ran for three years. Watch the following video to find out more.

Early Help

We have been testing and refining Salford’s Early Help offer for a number of years.  Everything we do builds on families’ strengths.

Find out more about early help

Primary to Secondary Transition

We want every child moving up from primary school to be 'secondary school ready'. To help make this happen we worked with pupils, parents and practitioners to create a policy. We are asking all schools, parents and other practitioners to follow it. The policy includes sharing information about vulnerable pupils (starting in year 5), aligning induction days for year 6 pupils, providing high quality information for families, and much more.

Research with community organisations

We researched how Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations support children and young people in Salford. Our findings are influencing our plans. Read more on the Salford CVS website.

Support for new parents


  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) - assessment and support available to all parents to help them 'tune in' to their baby.
  • Better information about safe sleeping for baby.
  • Midwives, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres working together during pregnancy, to identify issues that could affect the baby. For example, parents with mental health problems or a history of domestic violence.
  • Support for parents at risk of mental ill health to help them be the best parents they can.

Youth Justice Service: Healthy Families

When children and young people become involved with the Youth Justice Service, the team encourage them to access health support which they may have missed.

We will test extending this offer to the whole family. We want to test whether this reduces reoffending.

The Bridge

Alongside these projects is The Bridge partnership. The Bridge looks at information held by different organisations. This helps us understand what's happening for families who we're working with.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about the Partners in Salford please let us know

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