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Improvement objective C

People are safe, well and supported to live independently (child and family services).

1. What do we want to achieve?

2. Why is this important?

  • Safely reduce the number of children becoming looked after.
  • Reduce the rate of re-referrals to child and family services and numbers of children in need requiring social services intervention.
  • Improve services to children and young people who may be at risk of becoming looked after.
  • Increase the percentage of children looked after in Swansea who are supported in a family placement and foster care instead of residential care.
  • So that children only enter the looked after system when this is genuinely the best or only option to safeguard or promote their health or well-being.
  • To ensure that the most effective work carried out by child and family services is being done with children, young people and families who are most in need.
  • So that children avoid the necessity to come into care and are supported through safe and appropriate alternatives.
  • To achieve the right placement at the right time and achieve better outcomes for children.

Performance measures

  1. Number of children becoming looked after.
  2. Number of children looked after.
  3. Rate of entry in looked after children (per 1000 pop 0-17 years).
  4. Rate of looked after children (per 1000 pop 0-17 years).
  5. SCC/010 - percentage of referrals that are re-referrals within 12 months.
  6. Total number of children in need (open cases) in year.
  7. Percentage of children on the child protection register who have been de-registered and then re-registered.
  8. Percentage of children who remain on the child protection register for more than 1 year.
  9. Percentage of children in mainstream foster care who are placed with Foster Swansea.
  10. Number of children in residential care.
  11. Percentage of children looked after in a family placement.
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