Decision details

Children in Care and Care Leavers Performance Information

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


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' services.


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.


Weekly MASH Dashboard:


Weekly Post Covid-19 Outbreak Weekly dashboard:


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.


Date of decision: 10/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 10/09/2020 - Corporate Parenting Board

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