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.

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Nottinghamshire County Council is the corporate parent of all looked after children in Nottinghamshire. These are our children, and we are ambitious for them.

This strategy builds on the Looked After Children and Care Leavers' Strategy 2015 to 2018 and sets out our shared vision and ambition of how this will be achieved. Our vision has been shaped by the children and young people we look after.

In collaboration with key partners, including health, education, police, housing, Adult Social Care and Children's Social Care, we will use our collective commitment to give every looked after child strong foundations and support to thrive in adulthood.

We will give all our looked after children both 'roots and wings' to become grounded and successful adults. As corporate parents, we demand collectively that looked after children and care leavers:

  • are safe, and feel safe
  • enjoy good health and wellbeing
  • have high aspirations and fulfil their potential.

They are at the heart of everything we do as a Council and we expect all partners to share this commitment to look after children and care leavers.

We will deliver a genuine, multi-agency, child-centred strategy, accepting that there is more to do to ensure that all partners are equally accountable for all outcomes. We want to make best possible use of our collective resources to achieve our shared ambitions.

Where it is safe to do so, we will support our children to remain with their families. When this is not possible, we are committed to providing family-based placements wherever possible – a place that our young people can call home.

At all times, we will support the stability of children’s education and ensure that those young people who have special educational needs receive the additional support they need to succeed.

We will carefully plan the journey into adulthood for all looked after children and young people, to ensure there is no ‘cliff edge’ once young people reach 18 years of age.

We will offer all children in care who are aged 13+ work experience, and care leavers will be offered apprenticeships and employment.How will we know if we have made a difference?

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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