Looked after children and care leavers

Nottinghamshire's Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy has been developed by the County Council and its partners to set out our ambitions to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

This strategy builds on the commitment to multi-agency working which is evidenced by the successes of the 2012-2015 strategy. We know that the best outcomes for looked after children and care leavers can only be achieved through effective partnership working. The success of this strategy relies on the commitment of the whole County Council; foster carers and other residential providers; commissioners and providers of healthcare; schools and colleges and all public and voluntary sector organisations in Nottinghamshire which contribute to improving the lives of children and young people in our care.

It is to this end that Nottinghamshire County Council and its partner agencies have created a shared ambition: “To ensure our children looked after have all the opportunities that good parents afford their children”. This vision is underpinned by “The Pledge: Our Promise to Children and Young People in Our Care" [PDF]. The Pledge was developed in consultation with over two hundred children looked after who told us how we can improve their experience within the care system. This engagement and feedback has formed the basis of the promises that we will strive to deliver against.

The 2015-18 strategy will drive improvement in six outcomes for looked after children and care leavers in Nottinghamshire:

  • looked after children and care leavers are happy and healthy
  • looked after children and care leavers are safe
  • looked after children and care leavers achieve their potential
  • looked after children and care leavers are prepared for adulthood
  • looked after children and care leavers are listened to
  • looked after children and care leavers build positive relationships.

Progress is expected across all outcomes within the next three years. In order to ensure that the associated planned activity is realistic, deliverable and focused, the Looked After Children Strategy Group is developing an Annual Action Plan [PDF]. This plan will be reviewed quarterly, and evaluated annually with input from looked after children and care leavers.

The LAC Strategy Group will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Annual Action Plan. The Children in Care Council (No Labels) and the Children's Services Leadership Team will review progress on a quarterly basis.

There will regular updates provided to the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, Health and Wellbeing Board and Children's Trust. The Corporate Parenting Sub-Committee will have ownership of the strategy and action plan.

Why do we need a Looked After Children and Care Leavers strategy?

In common with other areas of the country, children’s social care services in Nottinghamshire continue to be under pressure from the increase in numbers of looked after children. At the end of May 2015, there were 845 children and young people in care in Nottinghamshire. The challenge is therefore to ensure that those children who will remain in care have a loving, safe, stable and happy childhood while also having a clear focus on finding permanent alternative placements through adoption, special guardianship or within the extended birth family through kinship care.

The challenge is therefore to ensure that those children who will remain in care have a loving, safe, stable and happy childhood while also having a clear focus on finding permanent alternative placements through adoption, special guardianship or within the extended birth family through kinship care.

How will we know if we have made a difference?

This strategy has been formally signed off by the Children’s Trust and the Policy Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council. Progress will be monitored by a multi-agency Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy Group. Reports will also be provided to the Children in Care Council, Corporate Parenting Sub-Committee and Children and Young People’s Committee.

It is important that the governance of this strategy reflects its multi-agency nature, and as such, updates will also be provided to the Children’s Trust, Health and Wellbeing Board and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board as appropriate.

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