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Improving provision for care leavers

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Matthew Brazier HMI, specialist adviser (looked after children) discusses the characteristics of local authority services for care leavers.

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Improving provision for care leavers

  1. 1. Improving provision for care leavers Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar Tuesday 8 January 2019 Matthew Brazier HMI, specialist adviser (looked after children) @mbrazierhmi Slide 1Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS)
  2. 2. Inspections of local authority children’s services (ILACS)  ILACS introduced in January 2018, replacing single inspections  We no longer make a separate judgement on services for care leavers  But care leavers’ experiences and progress remain under at least the same level of scrutiny – integral to the judgement on ‘the experiences of children in care and care leavers’ Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 2
  3. 3. Inspections of local authority children’s services (ILACS)  We always report findings about the experiences and progress of care leavers on short and standard inspections  We’ve also published nine letters to LAs following focused visits looking at services for care leavers (and three letters following monitoring visits)  We are reviewing the implementation of the ILACS Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 3
  4. 4. Common characteristics of strong LAs  Positive and lasting relationships between young people and personal advisers (PAs), who have manageable caseloads  Robust specific planning for young people’s futures that takes account of their individual needs and allows them to move towards independence at a pace that suits them  A strong corporate parenting ethos at all levels of the council; leaders have engaged key partners well to promote the needs of care leavers (evidenced, for example, by well-established apprenticeship schemes and good access to suitable accommodation)  Stable workforce and leadership and a track record of providing high quality services An improving picture – a growing number of local authorities now have high quality services for care leavers Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 4
  5. 5. What does outstanding look like? “Care leavers now benefit from a service and staff that greatly invest in relationships with young people. Staff value the importance of these relationships and nurture them well. Care leavers are surrounded by strong support networks, and barriers to their progress are overcome by the committed and tenacious staff group. Increased resources and manageable reduced caseloads enable this to happen.” Brent, 2018 Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 5
  6. 6. What does outstanding look like? “An impressive whole-council approach to the support of care leavers…[Pathway Plans] are regularly reviewed jointly with young people and with clear management oversight, and most are used as a meaningful and dynamic document…Care leavers receive support that is well balanced between nurture and encouragement to live more independently when they are ready.” East Sussex, 2018 Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 6
  7. 7. More headlines  There is improving access to accommodation overall – the use of bed and breakfast accommodation is generally used only in very rare and exceptional circumstances (though challenges remain for many LAs)  NEET figures still relatively high - while an increasing number of young people are engaged in employment, education and training in several local authorities, this continues to be a challenge overall, even for some Las where practice is strong overall Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 7
  8. 8. Common characteristics of weaker services High PA caseloads and staff turnover that adversely affects the support that young people receive and the quality of their relationships with their PAs Poor planning that is too vague and doesn’t engage young people sufficiently The LA’s inability to prioritise the needs of care leavers Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 8
  9. 9. Common characteristics of strong LAs remain constant  Positive and lasting relationships, underpinned by manageable caseloads  Robust, specific planning for young people’s futures  A strong corporate parenting ethos at all levels  Stable workforce and leadership The local offers can add detail and we’re aware of some excellent initiatives – but these are the fundamentals Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 9
  10. 10. Questions? Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 10
  11. 11. Ofsted on the web and on social media www.gov.uk/ofsted http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk www.linkedin.com/company/ofsted www.youtube.com/ofstednews www.slideshare.net/ofstednews www.twitter.com/ofstednews Inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS) Slide 11

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