Have your say on a new draft strategy for children and young people who are in care and care leavers.

Closed 16 Sep 2020

Opened 19 Aug 2020

Feedback updated 14 Oct 2020

We asked

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children who are looked after and care leavers get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this. We wanted to know what you thought of our strategy.   Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact   on making young people in care and care leavers lives the best they can be.

You said

We had a great response to our survey.

82% of people that responded were either a professional working with young people in care and care leavers or a foster carer or family friend of children in care and care leavers. We know that you have a lot of experience and knowledge in what doing the best means for our children.

94% of people who responded to the consultation said they strongly agreed or agreed with the principles outlined in the proposed strategy.

98% of people who responded to the consultation said they strongly agreed or agreed with the seven priorities set out in the draft plan.

63% of people who responded to the consultation said they strongly agreed or agreed with the with the statement "The strategic priorities outlined can be met where relevant by my team, service or

partner agency"

63% of people who responded to the consultation gave a rating of 5 or 4, (where 1 represents 'not at all confident' and 5 represents 'extremely confident), in relation to how confident they were that they were able to help implement and achieve the West Sussex’s commitments to improvement where relevant to their professional role.

 

We specifically noted that you had mentioned the following areas in your responses:

You wanted the service to be more explicit in how we will ensure children and young people are placed closer to their homes and communities.

Children and young people keep the same social worker

More emphasis on education

Young people learn independent skills earlier

We did

 

We did:

We’ll listened to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy. This has now been passed to the Corporate Parenting Panel

  • Incorporated your feedback into the service plans where appropriate
  • Moved the structure of the service from early help to children social care
  • Brought in a worker who will focus on improving our work with our partners particularly Health, Education and Housing

Overview

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children who are looked after and care leavers get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this.

A copy of the full draft strategy for children and young people who are in care and care leavers is available for you to read.  We’ve summarised the main points for you below.

Our priorities for young people in care and care leavers

This Strategic Framework sets out West Sussex County Council’s principles and priorities to improve outcomes for children looked after and care leavers.   It relates to all children looked after and care leavers in West Sussex, including those placed out of our geographical area, up to the age of 25. We talked to lots of people about how we could make things better for children who are looked after and care leavers. Our task has been to focus on what the most important aspects are, and, in doing that, we have identified seven priorities for this plan.

      • Supporting children and their families when there is a risk of children becoming looked after, and where possible enabling them to live with their families
      • Ensuring we have a sufficiency of high-quality placements, in the right places to meet children’s and care leavers’ needs
      • The child's need for permanence will best be met by being brought up within a secure, stable and loving family environment, that can support them through childhood and beyond
      • Children looked after and care leavers are happy and healthy
      • Children looked after and care leavers are supported to achieve in education and to access leisure opportunities
      • Children looked after and care leavers can participate in decisions that affect their lives, and have their views sought and responded to
      • Children looked after are supported to leave care and transition into adulthood

 

Why we are consulting

We would like to know what you think of our strategy.   Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact   on making young people in care and care leavers lives the best they can be. We’ll listen to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy.

Please complete the short survey below to tell us what you think.

 

Accessibility Statement

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What happens next

The Children in Care Council and Care Leaver Executive groups

The Children in Care Council and Care Leaver Executive is made up of a group of children and young people who are in care and care leavers. These groups give children and young people a chance to have their say on issues that matter to them. They get to talk to decision makers about their care experience in West Sussex and share ideas about how to improve services for children and young people.

This strategy will be reviewed by these groups. If you’re a child or young person looked after by West Sussex or care leaver, you can get involved in the work of Children in Care Council or Care Leaver Executive.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Toby Wilson on toby.wilson@westsussex.gov.uk or Claire Tooke on Claire.Tooke@westsussex.gov.uk.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children
  • Young People
  • Young People Aged 18+
  • Pupils
  • Service Users
  • People Who Do Not Use This Service
  • Families

Interests

  • Childrens Social Care
  • Fostering
  • Children in Care
  • Looked After Children
  • Care Leavers