Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
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.
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.
The Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel concluded their findings
based on the evidence considered and review that was undertaken.
The Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel’s assessed several
options which are detailed in the attached Review report.
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
Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No
Making Representations: In writing to Kevin Gibbs, Executive Director: Delivery
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Site visits and evidence gathering
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: email@example.com.
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