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Seven-point action plan to improve Children’s Social Care

Published Thursday, 28 July 2022

City of York Council’s Executive has approved a seven-point action plan setting out the next steps in the current Children and Young People Service improvement journey.

The action plan has been drawn up following an inspection of the council’s Children’s Social Care services earlier this year and will be submitted to Ofsted.

The draft plan was shared with members of the council’s Children, Education and Communities Policy and Scrutiny Committee, who had the opportunity to comment on the action plan at a meeting in June. Children and young people with care experience have also had key input in the development of the plan.

The plan sets out how improvements will be made in seven areas of Children’s Social Work:

  • The consistency of written records so that they provide an accurate account of decision-making for all children.
  • The quality of assessments to ensure that they consistently inform care planning.
  • The effectiveness of social work supervision in progressing plans for children and addressing practice shortfalls.
  • The analysis of return home interviews.
  • Responses to children aged 16 and 17 who present as homeless.
  • The pace of planning for children in unregistered children’s homes.
  • Children’s influence and attendance at the corporate parenting board.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

Work to improve children’s services has been progressing at pace, despite the funding and demand pressures facing these services right across the country.

“The approved action plan has ambitious deadlines and has been developed with the input of partners, and, most importantly, children and young people with care experience. It will provide us with an opportunity to accelerate this improvement journey and demonstrate our commitment to this work, to ensure that every child in York receives a better start in life.”