Decision details

Children's Improvement Plan and Cumbria Children Looked After Strategy (2015-18)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree the Council’s Children Looked After Strategy. This will bring together in a single strategy the way in which the Council will meet the needs of children who are looked after and how it will ensure that they achieve to their potential. It will inform action plans to deliver the strategy and a performance dataset to measure impact. Oversight of delivery will be with the Corporate Parenting Panel.


The Corporate Director – Children’s Services presented a report in response to the Ofsted report following the March inspection of services for children in need of protection, children looked after and care leavers – published 13 May 2015.  It provided an update on the Children Improvement Plan and presented the Children Looked After Strategy for agreement.


One of the key recommendations in the Ofsted Report was for the Council to produce and implement a Children Looked After Strategy.


The aim of the Strategy was to set out a vision for Cumbrian children and young people who are looked after that enables them to achieve their potential and have the best lift chances possible.


The Strategy formed a critical part of the Improvement Plan that was being managed through the Children’s Improvement Board.  Through this process the actions sitting underneath the plan would be monitored.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services paid tribute to the work of the outgoing of the Safeguarding Board Chair Ann Baxter, for her leadership, advice, challenge and support during her tenure.


Following discussion about the issue of support for those children leaving care and the changes to the housing benefit regime it was agreed to raise the matter with the County’s six local MP’s.


RESOLVED,that progress with the Children’s Improvement Plan be noted and the Children Looked After Strategy be approved.





Report author: Fiona Musgrave, Deborah Royston

Publication date: 28/07/2015

Date of decision: 23/07/2015

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 05/08/2015

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