Welsh Government Strategies

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Care experienced children and young people

This week the National Assembly for Wales issued a report on care experienced children and young people.  This report is especially important as Wales now has double the amount of children in care as it did twenty years ago.  

 

The report takes into account lived experiences of those who have been in care and those who support them.  It also addresses financial concerns and transparency in services and funding in services that are necessary for care experienced young people.

Analysis of outcomes for children and young people 4 to 5 years after a final Care Order

This document details placement journeys for children in care in Wales and how these compare
with the outcomes aspired to in their Care Plan.

Strategy: Making a difference – a guide for the designated person for looked after children

This document describes the aims of the Welsh Government in driving up academic achievement of looked after children and young people.

For the Welsh version, please refer to this link here.

Strategy: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

This document describes the Welsh Government’s programme and its six key themes to tackle the educational underachievement of children who are looked after. It should be read in conjunction with its accompanying action plan.

Young People's Strategy (easy to read): Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

Having ambitions, reaching our goals - An easy-to-read young people's strategy to support children who are looked after reach their goals in education and raise their ambitions.

Action Plan: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

This document sets out theme by theme the Welsh Government’s commitment to improve the educational outcomes of looked after children. It contains a timeframe of specific actions to be undertaken by the Welsh Government and its key partners. It should be read in conjunction with the strategy: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales.

One Year On: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales - Summary Report

This document summarises the Welsh Government’s programme and the progress made in delivering actions within its six key themes to drive improvement in the educational outcomes of children who are looked after. It summarises what has been achieved under the programme from February 2016 to January 2017 and what is planned for 2017–2018.

Young People's Summary: One Year On - Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales - Summary Report

This easy-to-read document for young people summarises the Welsh Government’s programme and the progress made in delivering actions within its six key themes to drive improvement in the educational outcomes of children who are looked after. It summarises what has been achieved under the programme from February 2016 to January 2017 and what is planned for 2017–2018.

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Evaluation of the Implementation of the Pupil Development Grant for Looked After Children
Final Report

The Pupil Development Grant was introduced in 2012 to provide additional funding to schools to help mitigate disadvantages for pupils on free school meals and LAC. In 2015, it was decided to separate the funding provided for children eligible for free school meals (eFSM) and LAC through two separate grants. Allocations for the PDG for LAC were made to the four regional education consortia (RECs), rather than directly to schools, with the aim of facilitating a more strategic approach to using the funding across regions. The allocation amounts to a little under £4 million a year.
The grant is expected to support school improvement to reduce inequities facing LAC:

  • There are around 6,000 LAC with considerable variation in the numbers between LAs and schools. LAC’s prior experiences and their experience of being in care can have profound effects on their educational progress and attainment which impact on their vocational training and employment prospects.

  • While the trend over time shows LAC’s attendance and attainment (up to 2016) has generally improved, there is a large gap in attainment between LAC and other pupils at all stages of education, critically at Key Stage 4 which has a great effect on progression. This is found to varying degrees in all REC areas.

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The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

READ THE ACT LEGISLATION IN FULL

Social Care Wales Information and Learning Hub: Social Services and Wellbeing

OVERVIEW AND DOCUMENT ACCESS

Author: Social Care Wales (Previously Care Council Wales / SSIA)

Year: 2017

Summary:

We want to make sure social care and healthcare professionals are confident and informed to put the legislation and principles of the Acts into practice.

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Other policy and strategy

Childrens Commissioner for Wales Annual Report 2018/19

We’ve worked hard once again this year to protect and promote children’s rights in Wales.

Our recommendations to Welsh Government include:

  • Giving all young people with additional learning needs safe and suitable transport to their place of education

  • Making sure schools record all reported bullying, and use the information to plan, monitor and evaluate their approaches to tackling bullying

  • Publishing a Child Poverty Delivery Plan, showing what they will do to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in Wales, and how they will do it

  • To urgently show how they will keep working to improve mental health care for young people after the Together for Children and Young People programme comes to an end

The designated teacher for lookedafter and previously looked-after children

"This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education, issued under sections 20(4) and 20A(4) of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. This means that the governing bodies of maintained schools, academy proprietors and the designated staff member at maintained schools and academies must have regard to it when promoting the educational attainment of looked-after and previously looked-after children."

What Works in Promoting Good Outcomes for Looked After Children and Young People?

STRATEGY PAPER

Location: Wales

Author: Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA)

Year: 2007

Summary:

This paper has been prepared to support the commissioning of children in need services in Wales as part of the Better Outcomes for Children in Need Programme sponsored by the Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA). The over-arching aim of the Programme is to achieve more cost effective and improved matching of services for children in need through effective strategic commissioning, focussing on areas such as:

• The overall distribution of resources and services across family support and substitute care.

• The targeting of services towards effective points and methods of intervention that meet the needs of children and young people at risk of entering the care system.

• Improved quality of placement and other services for looked after children and young people, leading to improved outcomes.

Raising the attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after - a best practice report

Country: Wales

Author: Estyn

Summary:

This report focuses on the good practice that exists in schools, local authorities and the regional consortia. The report includes case studies of best practice. It is intended for the Welsh Government, governors, headteachers, senior leaders and staff in schools, local authorities and the regional consortia.

National Inspection of safeguarding and care planning of Looked after Children and Care Leavers who exhibit vulnerable or risky behaviours

Location: Wales

Author: Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)

Summary: 

This report explores the quality and effectiveness of care and pathway planning in relation to safeguarding and promoting the outcomes of children and young people looked after by the local authority or who are care leavers. Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) undertook an inspection in all local authority areas in Wales and the report draws on evidence from 220 cases as well as the views of children, young people and their carers, and from professionals across both local authorities and partner agencies.

NICE Guidelines for Looked-After Children and Young People

Location: UK

Author: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Summary: 

This guideline covers how organisations, professionals and carers can work together to deliver high quality care, stable placements and nurturing relationships for looked-after children and young people. It aims to help these children and young people reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities in life as their peers.

This guideline does not provide detailed information on health promotion, or cover treatments for specific illnesses and conditions.

In May 2015, changes were made to recommendations 3, 5, 12, 36 and 38 to reflect changes to government policy.

Promoting the education of looked-after children: Statutory guidance for local authorities

STATUTORY GUIDANCE

Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2014

Summary:

Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after children's aspirations to achieve in further and higher education

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