Sufficiency and commissioning strategy for children

We have launched our new sufficiency and commissioning strategy [PDF] for children in care and care leavers in Nottinghamshire. The strategy's main purpose is to outline how we will ensure there are enough placements for young people as well as having the right types of placements to meet their needs.


Previous versions of the strategy had a heavy focus on commissioning and data, however this time we wanted to present the strategy within the context of wider practise improvements we are making to improve placement sufficiency.


The new strategy aims to:

  • Keep young people with their families wherever possible, using a strengths-based approach
  • Implement family networking
  • Empower and support kinship carers, foster carers and adopters
  • Understand the needs of young people in care and upskilling our carers and residential staff.

The sufficiency and commissioning strategy for 2023 to 2025 captures and celebrates several positive recent developments within the department, such as establishing a kinship support service, multi-disciplinary teams and the stronger families team. The strategy also highlights several ambitious upcoming projects, including investment in our residential estate and staff, the staying close, staying connected bid, and more.


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