Hampshire County Council

      Children’s Trust Board                             Item No: 4

      28 January 2010

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3.2   A Performance Management Framework has been developed in order
      to:
      •   ensure that Hampshire Children’s ...
•   ensuring the appropriate engagement of Hampshire County Council
          services not managed at a local level (throu...
6     Legal implications
6.1   As part of wider Children’s Trust developments, and to ensure the
      effectiveness of th...
9.2   Appendix 1:
      Improving Outcomes: Performance Management
      Framework for Hampshire Children’s Trust (separat...
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Performance Management Framework report

  1. 1. Hampshire County Council Children’s Trust Board Item No: 4 28 January 2010 Performance Management Framework for Hampshire Children’s Trust Report of the Director of Children’s Services Contact: Deborah Harkin, 01962 846699, deborah.harkin@hants.gov.uk 1 Summary 1.1 Hampshire Children’s Trust represents all those working for, and with, the county’s children, young people and their families. A Performance Management Framework has been developed for the Children’s Trust, including the emerging Local Children’s Partnerships. 1.2 The Performance Management Framework provides a clear and robust planning and performance process to deliver the priorities of Hampshire’s Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) for 2009-12 and support continuous improvements in service delivery across the county. The Framework clarifies the roles and responsibilities of both the county level Children’s Trust Board and the Local Children’s Partnerships and proposes a new performance management cycle for Local Children’s Partnerships. 2 Recommendations a) That the Children’s Trust Board approve the Performance Management Framework for the Hampshire Children’s Trust. 3 Introduction 3.1 Hampshire Children’s Trust is responsible for improving the well-being of all children and young people in the county, with a focus on addressing inequalities for those facing the greatest risks and barriers and strengthening support for individual children, young people, their families and communities, where needed. Following a series of recent national developments, Hampshire Children’s Trust Board considered options for strengthening Children’s Trust arrangements on a local basis to form consistent, effective partnerships, able to meet both national and local requirements. The new Local Children’s Partnerships are based upon direct involvement from all schools and partners in an area and are responsible for improving a wide range of outcomes for children and young people.
  2. 2. 3.2 A Performance Management Framework has been developed in order to: • ensure that Hampshire Children’s Trust meets statutory requirements; • provide evidence of effective partnership working within the Children’s Trust, supporting inspection outcomes; • ensure consistency between Local Children’s Partnerships; • clearly define the accountability of all Children’s Trust partners in delivering the CYPP, ensuring that priorities are met and outcomes improved; • measure the impact of Local Children’s Partnerships in improving outcomes for local children and young people; • enable the identification and sharing of good practice. 3.3 The Framework also outlines the roles and responsibilities of Hampshire Children’s Trust Board and the emerging Local Children’s Partnerships. 4 Performance Management Framework 4.1 The performance management of Hampshire’s Local Children’s Partnerships consists of: • the development and implementation of local delivery plans (a toolkit for the development of plans is provided within the framework); • performance management standards for Local Children’s Partnership members; • a performance review process, including twice-yearly reporting of progress against local delivery plans; annual self-assessment; and support and challenge provided by Hampshire County Council Children’s Services’ Area Directors/District Managers. 4.2 Children’s Services’ Area Directors/District Managers will provide a support and challenge role for Local Children’s Partnerships, including: • challenging and supporting the partnership to improve outcomes and narrow the gap between the most vulnerable children and young people and their peers; • influencing members of the partnership to be fully engaged and ensure their commitment to delivery of agreed priorities and actions; • representing Children’s Services issues at a local level, ensuring the engagement of other staff as necessary; 2
  3. 3. • ensuring the appropriate engagement of Hampshire County Council services not managed at a local level (through line management arrangements); • supporting the partnership in its work to define and understand local need and develop a local delivery plan that is focused upon agreed priority areas as set out in the county CYPP; • acting as a resource in terms of providing and interpreting performance and demographic data/information to partners; and ensuring that performance is regularly reviewed and understood by partners; • briefing senior managers and Elected Members on local issues, as necessary; • ensuring that links with Local Strategic Partnerships are maintained and fully utilised; • working in conjunction with the voluntary and community sector to support engagement with a broad base of local stakeholders, particularly children, young people and their families; • undertaking commissioning, procurement and management of services on behalf of the partnership, as necessary and appropriate; • supporting the partnership in self-assessment of the progress being made in improving outcomes and in reporting progress to the Children’s Trust Board and Local Strategic Partnership. 4.3 The performance review process consists of: • Area Director/District Manager attendance at all meetings of the Local Children’s Partnership; • Area Director/District Manager support during the development and review of local delivery plans; • Local Children’s Partnerships providing twice-yearly reports on progress against local delivery plans; • an annual self-assessment of the Local Children’s Partnership, in order to review progress in implementing the local delivery plan and the overall effectiveness of the partnership over the preceding year (a template is provided within framework). 5 Consultation 5.1 No formal consultation has taken place, however the draft framework was shared with partners and key staff at a range of stakeholder events, with feedback was used to inform the final version. Furthermore, discussions regarding the roles and responsibilities of Local Children’s Partnerships have taken place at previous Children’s Trust Board meetings. 3
  4. 4. 6 Legal implications 6.1 As part of wider Children’s Trust developments, and to ensure the effectiveness of the Performance Management Framework, partnership/governance agreements for Local Children’s Partnerships will be required. 7 Financial implications 7.1 Financial implications will be explored as part of wider Children’s Trust developments. There may be implications arising from the alignment of budgets through Local Children’s Partnerships and the possible future delegation of an agreed amount of resource to support local priorities. 8 Personnel implications 8.1 None. 9 Impact assessment 9.1 Delivery of the county CYPP 2009-12 and the proposed local delivery plans will have a positive impact by improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people and narrowing the gap between them and their peers. 4
  5. 5. 9.2 Appendix 1: Improving Outcomes: Performance Management Framework for Hampshire Children’s Trust (separate document) 5

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