Looked after children and care leavers

This new strategy builds on the 2018-21 strategy, and sets out Nottinghamshire’s Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategic Partnership’s ambition and priorities for the next 3 years.  It is a joint to commitment by partners to work together to ensure all looked after children and care leavers from and living in Nottinghamshire have every opportunity and the support they need to be the best they possibly can be.

As a Partnership we are ambitious and aspirational for our looked after children and care leavers and we will continue to work together to ensure that they have access to the same opportunities, support and outcomes that we would want for our own children.

Nottinghamshire County Council and the seven Nottinghamshire district and borough councils are “corporate parents” of all looked after children in Nottinghamshire, and all partners have a range of statutory responsibilities towards children in care and care leavers.  Partners to this strategy include housing, children’s social care, adult social care and health, health, education, further education, higher education, D2N2, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Nottinghamshire Futures, Nottinghamshire Police, National Probation Service and the Department of Work and Pensions.

At the heart of the strategy is the lived experiences of children and young people. They have informed the priorities of this strategy, telling us what matters most to them.  Their views and wishes will drive both our priorities and our behaviours through the course of the next 3 years as we implement this strategy in partnership with them.

In implementing this strategy, each partner organisation will be asked to pledge how they will meet the new strategic commitments in the way that they provide services, and in the decisions they take. We will work with young people to develop this into a partnership pledge, setting out what all children and young people in care and care leavers can expect from organisations supporting them.

How will we know if we have made a difference?

This strategy has been approved by the Partnership, with signatories included in the document. It was formally approved by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee (March 7th, 2022).  Progress will be monitored by the Partnership’s Board, who will be held accountable to Nottinghamshire’s Children in Care Council through regular updates, and also to the Children and Young People’s Committee and governance structures within partner organisations.

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