In June 2007 the DCSF launched a major consultation – with experts, professionals, children and parents – on the delivery of children’s services. The DCSF also set up three expert working groups to look at issues for 0–7, 8–13 and 14–19-year-olds. Both these activities were to be critical in building towards the writing of a new Children’s Plan.

This publication reports on the findings of this consultation and incorporates both adult and young people’s responses, broadly grouped under the headings of the questions they were asked and including some thematic analysis.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Main findings: Adult responses
  • Main findings: Responses from children and young people
  • Summary and key themes
  • Appendices