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Recommendations

Background papers: children :: Looked After Children :: Recommendations

Emotional Health and Well- being

  1. To assess the emotional health of each Looked After Child to identify needs
  2. To address each child needs through the shared development of an emotional well-being plan
  3. To provide a package of services and support that addresses each child or young person's emotional health and well-being.
  4. To ensure foster carers and residential staff are appropriately trained and experienced to positively respond to the emotional health and well-being of looked after children.

Educational Attainment

  1. To ensure that every Looked After Child attends school and is able to achieve their potential
  2. To address the needs of Looked After Children that impact on their ability to learn
  3. To ensure that foster carers and residential staff are appropriately trained in order to support educational attainment of Looked After Children.
  4. To continue to use the PEP process to monitor and ensure that pupil premium plus is used effectively and appropriately for all pupils to support their educational achievement.
  5. To make better use of mentoring and coaching programmes to support educational attainment

Placements

  1. To ensure where possible that children and young people are supported to return home.
  2. To increase the available placements for sibling groups, children and young people with complex and challenging behaviours as well as children with profound and multiple disabilities.
  3. To develop greater provision of “Staying Put” placements

Placement stability

  1. To improve matching and planning for permanence so that children and young people are placed with foster carers that can meet their needs and provide a safe and caring environment
  2. To provide a therapeutic support that can meet the needs of complex and challenging children and young people
  3. To provide training and support for foster carers that develop resilience and expertise that sustains them through periods of turbulence
  4. To monitor placement stability and provide a rapid response before during and after a period crisis
  5. To provide a multi-agency response to placement instability to ensure a comprehensive response that addresses all the child or young person's needs.

Placed out of local area

  1. To reduce the number of children placed out of area by increasing local foster carer either through development of in-house fostering or increase in accessible and cost effective independent provider provision thereby offering more placement choice to children and young people.
  2. To strengthen the supported accommodation service to ensure that there is increased quality provision for young people wishing to return from “out of area” placements
  3. To monitor children and young people placed “out of area” to ensure they receive the appropriate services to meet their needs.

Placements with family, friends, special guardianships

  1. To support more children and young people into permanent family arrangements
  2. To enable and encourage more kinship families to become special guardians

Adoption and Permanence

  1. To reduce the time taken to match a child after a placement order has been made
  2. To reduce the shortage of adopters by encouraging more adopters

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

  1. To ensure that suitable placements are available to meet the needs of UASC
  2. To ensure UASC are supported to adapt to the local culture whilst retaining their links with their home country cultures.
  3. To ensure that education and health needs are addressed

Children Looked After and Offending

  1. To recruit foster carers able to offer placements to children and young people on remand or involved in criminal activity
  2. To develop foster carers that can offer stability, reduce risk and develop resilience thereby reducing the risk of reoffending
  3. To increase health education and support to young people who ae at risk of substance abuse

Child Sexual Exploitation

  1. To raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and ability to identify the signs and symptoms whilst addressing the needs of victims
  2. To consider the possibility of CSE whenever a child goes missing or is displaying tell-tale signs
  3. To implement Multi Agency Child Sexual Exploitation (MASE) panels in order to communicate and collate information with regards to children at risk and agree a way forward.

Leaving Care and raising aspirations

  1. To ensure that there is a range of support provision for care leavers up to the age of 25 that meets their needs
  2. To encourage young people to remain in care until the age of 18 and in foster care until the age of 21
  3. To expect and support care leavers to continue with education and employment
  4. To give care leavers additional opportunity to achieve
  5. To ensure that pathway plans include a clear outline of support into employment
  6. To reduce the experience of loneliness and isolation of Care Leavers by anticipating need an preparing them to live confidently in the community
  7. To increase the number of care leavers accessing higher education

Taking note of the views of children and young people

  1. To continue to develop strong partnership working with young people
  2. To raise the profile and impact of the Children in Care Council, Care Leavers Group and Children with Disabilities Group
  3. To ensure that the views and concerns of young people are included in service redesign or development as a matter of course
  4. To have effective feedback mechanisms to young people so that they know when they have expressed their views that they have been taken into account and actioned.