Umer Khonat gave a brief
overview on the children in care and care leavers performance
information for July 2020 which was circulated prior to the
meeting. It was also noted that information prior to this item and
discussions that ensued, showed that issues within the data and
explanations and narrative behind it were being challenged and
addressed as to why it was happening and where the pressures are
and what the strategic approach will be to improve the
performance. There is still
inconsistency on how data is reported ie with different
definitions, indicators alongside the use of national indicators,
there should also be some local information which would reflect
Lancashire's area, approaches and plans as well as having
benchmarking data to compare against.
The data in general showed
that demand had decreased whilst in lockdown, however there are now
signs of increase and timeliness of assessments is good, rates of
children on child protection have declined, however at the same
time, seen an increase on children in need plans as well as an
increase in children looked after. This
has an impact across how the Council plan for its'
The national rate for care
leavers in Education, Employment and Training is 64% for 17-18 year
olds and 52% for 19-21 year olds.
Currently Lancashire is operating at 46% for 17-18 year olds and
39.8% for 19-21 year olds which means that Lancashire are quite a
distance from the national average and there is work to be done and
with the right plans in place this will improve.
Further interactive data
can be found below.
Post Covid-19 Outbreak Weekly
For future meetings it was suggested that the
data that is presented be compliance data including the dashboards,
then review the service narrative if there is any and challenge
managers to seek assurance that they are aware of the data and ask
what is being done in terms of it.
Resolved: That the Board discussed and
commented on the information presented and agreed the content of
future performance information provided to subsequent meetings.