Decision details

Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel - Care Leavers

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider the outcomes of the review into the impact of accommodation and support on the educational attainment and skills of young people leaving care.


Decision:

 

       i)          the Housing Allocation Policy 2015 be reviewed to include consideration of priority being awarded to care leavers where the authority has a Corporate Parenting role, particularly those who opt to ‘stay put’ with their foster family, in line with the newly issued Government Guidance.

 

      ii)          the life skills and money management information be reviewed to ensure consistency of provision; information available on the Local Offer Care Leavers website and consider frequency of visits to prepare care leavers for independence.

 

    iii)          the Staying Put Policy be revised using plain English; develop an easy-read version with foster carers and care leavers and consider extending the three month time limit when a care leaver can return to their foster family.

 

    iv)          the joint protocol between Children’s Social Care (CSC) and Housing

Team for assessing and meeting the needs of homeless young people be reviewed, in line with the newly issued Government Guidance.

 

     v)          care leavers’ achievements be acknowledged and give them the

opportunity to participate by replicating the offer to Children Looked After, and be reviewed with any policy changes implemented within agreed timeframes with the housing team.

 

    vi)          the timescales for implementing the recommendations are agreed.

 

   vii)          the Overview & Scrutiny Commission will review the implementation of

the recommendations within six months and host a focus group of care

leavers to understand the impact of the pandemic on care leavers specifically.

Reasons for the decision:

The Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel concluded their findings

based on the evidence considered and review that was undertaken.

Alternative options considered:

The Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel’s assessed several

options which are detailed in the attached Review report.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Resource impact of recommendations will be assessed as part of the review process

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to Kevin Gibbs, Executive Director: Delivery

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Site visits and evidence gathering sessions

Consultees

As part of the review process the Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel consulted with the following senior officers:
• Nikki Edwards, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning
• Rachel Morgan, Assistant Director: Education and Learning
• Kashif Nawiz, Head of Children’s Support Services
• Clare Glennister, Life Chances Team Manager
• Peter Hodges, Head of Services: Life Chances
• Sarah Gee, Assistant Director: Early Help and Communities
• Sonia Johnson, Assistant Director: Children’s Social Care

In addition, members called Dr Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning and three care leavers as witnesses.


Contact: Louise Connelly, Governance & Scrutiny Officer Email: louise.connelly@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

Report author: Louise Connelly

Publication date: 10/11/2020

Date of decision: 10/11/2020

Decided at meeting: 10/11/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Accompanying Documents: