About Us

Achieving for Children launched on 1 April 2014 to provide better social, educational and community outcomes for children in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. With a history of collaboration, the two Councils had a common ambition for children’s services and a joint vision for Achieving for Children:

  • To put children and families at the heart of all it does
  • To increase partnership working to provide a whole-person approach at reduced cost
  • To increase the capacity and resilience of public services; and
  • To provide a centre of excellence and innovation that will be available to other authorities and public service providers, including help to authorities responding to improvement notices

The Boroughs

Kingston and Richmond are two sovereign boroughs, together they cover a busy and large area of SW London, bordering Inner and West London as well as Surrey. They are home to the towns of Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham and share either side of the River Thames. With vast green spaces, tourist and economic areas, they draw a large daytime population. Both boroughs are attractive locations for families with renowned schools, but they still have all the challenges to keeping children and young people safe that you would expect in any London borough.

The boroughs of Kingston and Richmond share many similar characteristics:

Kingston

Richmond

Children and young people - populations

40,861 residents 0-18-year olds
Has the largest Korean population in Europe

47,483 residents 0-18-year olds, 20.9% are from ethnic minorities.

53.7% of school pupils are from ethnic minorities.

56.1% of school pupils are from ethnic minorities

38 of the LSOA are in the least deprived 20% nationally (1 LSOA in most deprived 20%)

62 of the LSOA are in the least deprived nationally (1 LSOA in most deprived)

11.7% under 16s live-in low-income families (London 18.8%)

8.5% under 16s live-in low-income families (London 18.8%)

11.6% of children live in overcrowded households (London 23.6%)

7.9%% of children live in overcrowded households (London 23.6%)

Health and well being

80.7% of children receive MMR vaccinations by age 5 (1st and 2nd dose) (London 77.8%)

72.9% of children receive MMR vaccinations by age 5 (1st and 2nd dose) (London 77.8%)

The rate of self-harm for 15-19-year olds per 100,000 population is 470.9 (London 341)

The rate of self-harm for 15-19-year olds per 100,000 population is 500.3 (London 341)

Alcohol related admissions to hospital for under 18s per 100,000 is 17.5 (London is 18)

Alcohol related admissions to hospital for under 18s per 100,000 is 31.3 (London is 18)

4.5% of 15-year olds are regular smokers (London 3.4%)

6.7% of 15-year olds are regular smokers (London 3.4%)

Special Educational Needs

21.4% of school pupils require SEN support (London 22.8%)

27.8% of school pupils require SEN support (London 22.8%)

1201 pupils have an education, health and care plan

1381 pupils have an education, health and care plan

48.4% of Children in Need with a disability have autism (London 43.2%)

32.5% of Children in Need with a disability have autism (London 43.2%)

Children in need

907 Children in Need

794 Children in Need

129 Children are Looked After

115 Children are Looked After

Education

71% achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 (15th in country)

81% achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 (1st in country)

At Key Stage 4 pupils achieve an average attainment 8 score of 57.8 (London 49.8)

At Key Stage 4 pupils achieve an average attainment 8 score of 51.7 (London 49.8)


The Services

Achieving for Children delivers the full scope of services for both boroughs:

  • prevention and early help – organising targeted support to children and young people to ensure good school attendance, promote family wellbeing, and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour; also providing specialist support for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • child protection – a single point of access for referral and assessment, and the development of interventions and support for children requiring protection
  • social care – high quality provision for children in care including fostering and adoption, and services for care leavers
  • education – planning sufficient school places, managing school admissions, and providing challenge and support to schools, early years’ providers and governing bodies so that they are able to carry out their statutory duties
  • health integration – working with general practitioners, public health and health care providers to ensure integrated services for all children and young people

As a not-for-profit social enterprise AfC is also able to provide bespoke children’s social care and education support services to other local authorities, schools and partners in the education, health, social care and criminal justice sectors. AfC helps other organisations to succeed by providing them with the services they need to meet their statutory responsibilities, transform their services, and achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families.

For further information please visit our websites:

Achieving for Children website

Kingston Council website

Richmond Council website

AfC Info website