To consider a report from Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive).
The Board received a presentation from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) on the refresh of the Children and Young People’s Plan.
Members were asked to consider the priorities in the Children and Young People’s Plan and whether they reflected the priorities of the Board and to consider how the Board could be kept involved in the delivery of the CYPP once the refresh had been agreed next April.
Following the 2017 Ofsted inspection, Cumbria moved from a rating of ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement’. There were many aspects of the service which were rated as ‘Good’, and the Children’s Improvement Plan sets out what was required to make sure that a rating of ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ was reached.
The Programme Officer talked members through the presentation which discussed the following;
· The Children and Young People’s Plan
· Stakeholder Engagement
· Headlines from Engagement
· What have Children and Young People told us so far
· Timeline and Next Steps
In discussion of the Children Looked After Recovery Plan it was made clear to members that there were still a number of challenges to be overcome if the goal of being an ‘Outstanding’ local authority was to be achieved. The number of children looked after in Cumbria was above the average for local authorities with similar populations. The officer explained that as of June 2018 Cumbria had:
· 690 children looked after
· 294 in foster care (own provision)
· 10 in Cumbria County Council residential care
· 78 in other arrangements (e.g. placed for adoption or placed with parents)
· 308 were in externally provided placements (95 in residential homes and 213 through Independent Fostering Agencies)
· There had been a decrease in children under 1 year old coming into care, but an increase in 10-15 year olds, who have proved harder to place.
1) An item on Curriculum for Life and Digital Wellbeing be brought before the Board in May.
2) The Director of Public Health provide the Board with a briefing on breastfeeding and rationale for reduction as a policy goal, as well as progress in delivery of the alcohol strategy.
3) To bring to a future meeting of the Board an item on Child Poverty.