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Children Looked After (CLA)

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

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Transcript of Children Looked After (CLA)

Background
The purpose....
Children Looked After (CLA) Needs Assessment
Warwickshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
2016

gain a better understanding of Warwickshire's profile of CLA
improve understanding and practice in relation to CLA
inform service development & commissioning of services for CLA
inform the Sufficiency Commissioning Strategy
inform the Children and Families Strategic Business Plan
CLA in Warwickshire
8% rise from 2011-2015
Warks CLA rate
statistical
but
than regional rate
Significant variation in CLA rates across the county.
CLA in Warwickshire
BME children are over-represented within Rugby's CLA population compared with the borough's Census 2011 0-17 year population
Population projections indicate there will be a net gain of 50 CLA (excluding UASC) by 2025 if the rate remains the same
Research from Sheffield University suggests an 'Inverse Care Law'; more affluent LAs intervene in children's lives more than relatively disadvantaged LAs for the same level of deprivation
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
Warwickshire consistently has a higher proportion of UASC in its CLA population compared to the national average.
15
UASC went missing from care in 2015, compared to
3
in 2014 and
5
in 2013
Just over
half
of all missing UASC since 2011 have been Vietnamese
The average length of time in placement before going missing from care in Warwickshire in 2015 was
two days
Service Provision
"Better outcomes for CLA are achieved when placements offer stability, acceptance and inclusion..."
Warwickshire has higher proportions of CLA placed in independent living and residential settings than 5 years ago
The rise in CLA over the past 5 years has been greater than the rate of growth in LA fostering services resulting in a higher proportion of CLA placed with agency carers
At March 2015, just under
65%
of CLA were placed within Warwickshire &
91%
were placed either in Warwickshire or in a neighbouring local authority
Service Provision
The proportion of CLA placed in out of county foster care placements increases with age
suggesting that....
Warwickshire has fewer foster placements than the county requires for older CLA
In 2014/15, the proportion of CLA in a long term stable placement had reached its lowest point in five years at only 60%
2010/11
71%
2014/15
60%
Coproduction and Engagement
The Warwickshire Children in Care Council held a consultation event with CLA in Autumn 2015
"Understands me"
Half of respondents said they did not know what their care plan says...
Half of respondents felt that
their school was too far away...
Half of respondents said
their school had changed...
"Talks to me"
"Always helps"
"Respects me"
Educational
Outcomes
Educational attainment for CLA remains
lower
than for their non-looked after peers even at the earliest stage of assessment
Nearly
two-thirds
of CLA at March 2014 who were matched to school census data had a special educational need
Warwickshire's fixed term exclusion rate for CLA is
four times
as high as the equivalent rate for all children
Health Outcomes
Over the past
5
years, the % of children receiving a health check has stayed static (80% in 2011 & 2015)
In 2014/15, 2% of Warwickshire's CLA were identified as having a substance misuse problem compared to 4% nationally
At March 2016, there were 68 CLA with a recorded disability, 9% of Warwickshire's CLA population.
of whom....
over a third have a learning disability
Crime and Offending
Children and young people who are, or have been, looked after are over
five times
more likely to get involved in crime than their non-looked after peers
Offending rates among CLA in Warwickshire have fallen from 5.2% to 3.0% in the past two years
Care Leavers
The proportion of CLA continuing to be looked after following their 16th birthday has
increased
over the last five years, from 45% to 69%
The overall proportion of WCC care leavers aged 19-21 years in EET is
lower
than the national average
Warwickshire has a much higher proportion of care leavers who are not in contact with the local authority compared to the national average
34% compared with 13% nationally
Recommendations
More Information
3
year work programme (2015-18) with annual review
Warwickshire's JSNA
5
overarching themes and
11
priority topics:
neighbours & national avg.
Stratford-on-Avon
Nuneaton & Bedworth
34.2
97.6
The proportion receiving a dental check has decreased by 7%
however...
however...
Key actions and recommendations cover different practice/areas
Action plan created and working group formed to drive implementation of service and commissioning actions
Recommendations include:
Develop more local placements as a way to secure better outcomes for CLA
Review the mechanisms for identifying the early signs of placement instability and develop better responses.
Implement the recommendations from the residential care placements review, WCC Foster Care review and 3 or more placement moves review
Less reliance on case management and more meaningful qualitative and quantitative evidence on children's journeys
Consider establishing a service targeted around preparation for independent living
Continue to consult with children & young people & consider their views
Kate Rushall/
Emma Adams
jsna@warwickshire.gov.uk
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