Published on September 29, 2015
1. Ofsted’s perspective Matthew Brazier HMI National Lead (Looked-after children) Care leavers’ accommodation framework - launch event 29 September 2015
2. Single inspections of local authority children’s services Universal programme began in November 2013 – 68 published reports to date – inspection cycle due to be completed in 2017 Broad scope – covers help and protection, looked after children, including adoption, and care leavers – undertaken at the same time as a review of the local safeguarding children board Includes a separate judgement on the experiences and progress of care leavers for the first time
3. How does Ofsted evaluate the experiences and progress of care leavers? Case tracking/sampling and speaking to children and young people, staff and managers are the most important aspects of the inspection methodology in single inspections
4. Questions we ask How well do local authorities meet their responsibilities towards 16-17 year olds who may be homeless or at risk of homelessness? How well are care leavers prepared for independence? Are they living in high-quality, safe, permanent and affordable accommodation that meets their needs? How robustly does the local authority check the suitability of young people’s accommodation? What are young people themselves say? Do they feel well- supported? Do they feel safe?
5. Inspection outcomes – the experiences and progress of care leavers Slide 8 of 27
6. Care leavers - key messages from inspection In approximately a third of inspected local authorities, care leavers do not have access to a sufficient range of suitable accommodation. The best-performing authorities have established: productive partnerships with a range of supported accommodation providers young people were able to remain with their carers beyond eighteen years of age young people’s wishes were taken into account and they did not leave care until they were ready. Slide 8 of 27
7. Care leavers - key messages from inspection (cont’d) In several local authorities, young people have said that they were not given enough help at the earliest possible stage to get ready for independence The use of bed and breakfast accommodation for some care leavers in some authorities reflects a serious shortage of available emergency short-term and emergency provision in too many local authorities A quarter of single inspections resulted in recommendations in relation to the quality and choice of accommodation for care leavers Slide 8 of 27
8. Care leavers - key messages from inspection (cont’d) Recommendations for improving the quality of pathway plans were made in nearly two thirds of single inspections (64%) Awareness and access to entitlements for care leavers is still problematic – recommendations made in 35% of inspections Slide 8 of 27
9. Examples from inspection Newham – ‘good’ for care leavers ‘The range of accommodation is designed to meet individual needs [of care leavers] at various stages of their transition… they are able to begin planning safely for independence’ Halton – ‘good’ for care leavers Staying put opportunities were good; no use of B&B; good use of floating support Salford – ‘good’ for care leavers ‘The range of supported accommodation options is good, providing various levels of support that enable young people to move towards independence at their own pace…young people [were] given strong additional support to start again when arrangements had broken down or had not worked out as they had hoped.’
10. Challenges lie ahead Supported accommodation is unregulated – a decision for government The quality and availability of supported accommodation is too variable – Ofsted will continue to highlight and challenge poor practice What should inspections of care leavers’ services look like post-2017? Single inspections of local authority children’s services: www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-inspections-of-local-authority-childrens-services
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