The Practice Lead provided a summary of the work of the Children Looked After Strategic Partnership (CLASP) during the period August 2021-August 2022 (for copy of report, see file of minutes).
The Panel heard that the partnership was developed to improve the partnership working between services at a strategic level and includes personnel from Children’s Social Care, health partners, education and Investing in Children. During the year, a data reporting set had been established to improve the effectiveness of the partnership and identify key challenges such as the timeliness of health assessments and access to services for children and young people placed outside the county. The partnership is also helping to shape priorities for the future including addressing the needs of the increasing number of unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, improving the stability of placements and supporting young people who are not in education, employment and training.
Officers in attendance informed the Panel that key challenges for the partnership are the increasing number of young people who go missing from care and ensuring that those young people who are placed outside of the county continue to have access to the same level of services for education and health.
Members noted the recommendation for update reports to be provided to the Panel on a quarterly basis.
That the recommendation in the report be approved.