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Children and young people in care

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Support for children and young people in care and care leavers. Information on corporate parenting, the children in care council, supported lodgings and children’s homes.

Support for children and young people in care

Every child needs a stable loving family to grow up in, but for different reasons this isn’t always possible. We aim to help families to stay together where we can. When this is not possible, we provide care in other ways.

We provide services to:

  • protect children and young people who are or who might be at risk of harm
  • provide extra help for those caring for a disabled child or young person
  • provide fostering, adoption and other support when a child or young person needs to live away from their family

 

All schools have a designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children on the school roll.

Virtual school heads are in charge of promoting the educational achievement of all the children looked after by the council.

There is additional funding to support children who are looked after. It is called Pupil Premium Plus. The school can access this funding directly.

A child in care is looked after by the council until they are 18. We continue to provide advice, guidance and assistance until you are 21 (up to 25 if you are in full- time education or have a learning disability).

Further information on support for care leavers is available on Gov.UK.

Our local offer to care leavers

The local offer to care leavers [PDF, 658Kb] explains what is available for care leavers. We know that it’s a big step to move to living on your own. We want to make sure that you know where and who to go to for advice and help.

Our care leavers helped us design and write this local offer. We will continue to listen to your views to make sure the services we offer are what you need. If there is anything in the document you are not sure about or need further information about, please ask your worker.

A children and young people’s version of the local offer to  care leavers [PDF, 561Kb] is also available.

The multi agency children in care and care leavers plan

The multi-agency children in care and care leavers plan [PDF, 939Kb] is for all council staff and partner agencies. It supports the delivery of effective services to children in care and care leavers.

For children and young people there is a easy read version of the plan [PDF, 382Kb].

The children and young people’s advocate supports:

  • children and young people who are in care
  • care leavers
  • any child or young person receiving support from children’s services

The advocate is independent and will work with you to help get your point of view across. If you need someone to listen to your worries or help you get the support you need please contact the advocate on 01724 298505 or email MyVoiceMatters@northlincs.gov.uk.

Supported lodgings services provide a young person with a room of their own in a private home.

PHASE supports young people who have left care, or are on the cusp of care, and who require longer-term housing and support services.

They offer a range of services through individual, one-to-one support and group work. These are held at their resource centre in Scunthorpe.

PHASE partner with families and individuals in North Lincolnshire who volunteer to take young people into their homes and give them a stable environment to live.

The supported lodgings scheme has been successfully helping young people aged 16 to 21 years old to discover their potential since 2003. Young people often leave supported lodgings with a newfound perspective, having gained considerably from a stable and reliable home. Our aim is to get them ready to live an independent and productive life.

For more information visit the PHASE website, email info@phasecic.co.uk or telephone 01724 278819.

The council is the corporate parent for children in care. We provide the support and guidance that would normally be provided by parents. Advice and guidance is also offered for children who have left our care.

We are ambitious for children in care and we expect their outcomes to be every bit as good as their peers, and better. As corporate parents, we demand that our children in care and care leavers:

  • feel safe and are safe
  • enjoy good health and emotional wellbeing
  • recognise and achieve their potential

Corporate Parenting Promise

The Corporate Parenting Board is responsible for ensuring that the Corporate Parenting Promise is delivered in North Lincolnshire. This includes committing appropriate resources to fulfil these commitments. We promise to:

  • Act in your best interests
  • Promote your health and wellbeing
  • Encourage you to express your views, wishes and feelings
  • Take into account your views, wishes and feelings
  • Help you gain access to, and make the best use of, services provided by the council and its relevant partners
  • Promote high aspirations, and seek to secure the best outcomes for you
  • Keep you safe
  • Give you stability in your home life, relationships, education and work
  • Prepare you for adulthood and independent living

To do this we will:

  • Ask your views, listen to what you say and act on it
  • Support you and give you the information you need to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Support you to feel safe
  • Support you to have contact with your family and friends
  • Make sure services and support are available to help you to be the best you can be
  • Have ambitions for you and support you to achieve your goals
  • Have high expectations of you and expect you to act sensibly
  • Support you to access the education and training you need
  • Help you develop your skills and achieve your aspirations
  • Work with you to support other children and young people who may have had similar experiences
  • Provide opportunities for training and work experience
  • Support you to find employment
  • Support you and your children while you gain life experience and become independent from us
  • Provide an open door for support and advice, whatever your age
  • Celebrate your successes and achievements
  • Help you be involved in the community

Examples of success

There is a strong commitment from partners to improve outcomes for our children in care.  Examples of our successes include:

  • Reviews are consistently held within timescale
  • All children in care have an allocated, qualified social worker
  • All children in care are listened to and share their views regularly
  • More care leavers are attending higher education than ever before
  • A small minority of children live outside the local authority area – the proportion of children living outside of the area is the lowest for the past four years – it compares favourably with England and statistical neighbours
  • Placement stability is good with few children experiencing three placement moves
  • The majority of North Lincolnshire’s care leavers are in education, employment and training – with rates well above England and statistical neighbour comparisons
  • Children’s attendance at school is in the top quartile nationally, with few missed days of school and no persistent absence
  • There are very few children receiving an exclusion from school in the primary age range
  • The large majority of children in care achieve two levels of progress in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage two
  • Few children in care have moved school within the last year
  • All children in care have up-to-date health checks, assessments and reviews of their health needs and individual health plans supported by a designated looked after children’s doctor and nurse
  • All children in care have a ‘Strengths and Difficulties’ (SDQ) questionnaire to assess their emotional health
  • All children who are assessed as having ‘high’ needs are prioritised for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

As corporate parents, we will listen to the wishes and feelings of every child and young person in our care.

Children in care can get involved with the children in care council and ensure their voices are heard. They can have a say in the issues that affect their lives.

Over the last seven years, the children in care council has been fully involved in reviewing services. It meets regularly with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, the Director of Children and Community Resilience, independent reviewing officers and senior officers from across the council and its partners. The children in care council has been consulted on, been involved with, or given feedback on a number of issues.

If you want to know more about the children in care council or would like to join, your worker will be able to tell you more.

Children’s homes provide a homely and caring environment for some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

Care within a children’s home is for planned periods. In some cases, young people may stay in the home until they move into independence. We do not advertise the location of these homes to protect the young people who live there. If you wish to make any enquiries about them please contact us.

Ofsted has judged children in care, services to care leavers, and fostering and adoption to be outstanding.

Young people have benefited from:

  • opportunities in gaining employment (work opportunities within the council)
  • additional help with their education reflected in their educational attainment
  • living in safe, stable family placements
  • the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of services.

The Children in Care and Care Leavers Sufficiency Strategy [PDF, 237Kb] explains how we secure sufficient accommodation for children and young people in care and care leavers.