Brighter Futures

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Caring for our children and young people; providing a nurturing environment, high quality education and great opportunities to grow and flourish

Enable access to high quality education

SDG 4 / 8
We will:
  • work with the Learning Partnership Board to deliver an educational offer to meet the needs of all children and young people with the right balance of academic and vocational opportunities, including apprenticeships by September 2022
  • create a SEND and inclusion strategy that is aspirational and an associated joint commissioning strategy by June 2020
  • ensure children and young people have access to good, local and inclusive early years, primary, secondary and post-16 education by working with education leaders and developing a sufficiency strategy by summer 2020
  • work with local Higher Education providers and the Southern Universities Network to support children from disadvantaged families to access higher education by September 2022
  • ensure the development and delivery of effective, specialist services to support inclusion in schools and early years providers by September 2022

Be aspirational for our children in care

SDG 3 / 10
We will:
  • provide strong leadership through the Corporate Parenting Board ensuring the Children in Care Council and young people with care experience drive the agenda to improve how children are cared for
  • develop a sufficiency strategy for children in care and care experienced young people to ensure appropriate provision is available locally by early summer 2020
  • harmonise and improve the Foster Care offer by early summer 2020
  • improve housing options for care experienced young people by October 2020
  • understand the health needs of children newly into care through timely initial health assessments by early summer 2020
  • improve the robustness and impact of permanence planning for children in care, beginning with a strong training and development programme for all social workers and a new policy framework from January 2020
  • improve educational outcomes for children in care through the delivery of a high-performing Virtual School by January 2021 which includes ambitions to actively support apprenticeships and work placements
  • publish the ‘Care Leaver Offer’ across the conurbation by September 2020

Support parents and guardians to care for their children well

SDG 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
We will:
  • develop and implement an early help, family support, young people’s and youth work strategy for 0-19 year olds and align services to deliver on the strategy by March 2023
  • further develop the BCP SEND Local Offer to ensure this is comprehensive and support families to access appropriate provision by September 2021
  • develop an integrated health and wellbeing offer for vulnerable children and young people including SEND by September 2021
  • embed new ways of working (‘Signs of Safety’) to ensure consistency of experience and improving outcomes by 2023
  • support children to live within their own family environment by extending the Family Group Conference model and Family Network meetings by 2022
  • increase school attendance and reduce school exclusions and offending by introducing restorative approaches by July 2021
  • pilot an approach to address and reduce summer holiday ‘hidden hunger’ within targeted areas in 2020 to inform our longer term approach

Prevent harm through early intervention

SDG 3 / 5 / 16
We will:
  • improve the level of integration of service at the front door so families receive the right response at the right time by early summer 2020
  • work to ensure the multi-agency partnership arrangements are effective and impactful for the local community by summer 2020
  • lead a new and robust approach to tackling child exploitation across the community by developing a multi-agency place-based approach and implement by 2022
  • deliver a Sufficiency Strategy to ensure appropriate levels of services and support for children – Early Help, Edge of Care, School Places for SEND, and Children’s Social Care by early summer 2020
  • develop a BCP Council Housing Strategy which addresses the needs of vulnerable young people and their families by October 2020
  • create a consolidated young people’s protocol between housing and children’s social care by early summer 2020
  • intervene early to avoid young people entering the care system and minimise risks by developing an adolescent service by September 2020
  • support children and young people’s emotional mental health and wellbeing by implementing the Children and Young People Mental Health Transformation Plan by April 2021

Measures of Success

  1. proportion of care experienced young people aged 19-21 in suitable accommodation
  2. percentage (and number) of 16-19 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and unknowns
  3. timely decisions for children who need a social worker (in 24 hours)
  4. number (and proportion) of repeat referrals in social work in 12 months
  5. timeliness of assessments to identify children’s needs in a timely fashion
  6. number of children in care placed over 20 miles from homes
  7. number of children in care with long-term stability
  8. number of two year old children benefitting from funded early education
  9. number of children who are missing out on education
  10. number of children and families accessing effective early help
  11. number of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan placed in mainstream schools and special schools
  12. number (and rate) of Permanent Exclusions – Primary and Secondary
  13. number of children attending a Good/Outstanding Early Years Providers
  14. number of children attending a Good/Outstanding Schools (Primary and Secondary)
  15. proportion of Good/Outstanding Schools (Special)