Date Published: 29 November 2018
Rutland County Council is providing above average care for local children and young people looked after, this is according to a recent audit by the Children’s Commissioner’s new Stability Index.
A child/young person looked after, also often referred to as a child in care, is defined as any child who has been in the care of their local authority for more than 24 hours. The Stability Index tracks placement changes, school moves and changes in social workers for children looked after across the country to understand the type and scale of instability experienced by these children.
The results of the audit show that Rutland is performing better than national and regional averages for almost all key measurements and follow changes made by the Council’s Children’s Social Care department to working practices and recruitment.
“Providing a stable care environment is imperative for children’s happiness and wellbeing. Unwanted placement moves and school changes can cause significant issues and one of the main things children in care worry about is the disruption caused in their lives by unplanned changes in day-to-day life and their relationships. The outcome of the audit is incredibly positive and is the result of sustained hard work by Rutland’s Children’s Social Care department. It has made significant changes to improve the service and support we are able to offer our children in care. This includes changes in working practices, an innovative new approach to recruiting new social workers and a person-focused approach to provide the best possible support for families. The Children’s Social Care team deserve huge credit for the work they have done. I know they are hugely committed to providing the best care possible for all children in area so will continue to develop practices and approaches in the future.”
Councillor Richard Foster, Portfolio Holder for Children & Young People
Rutland had levels of single year placement instability 5% lower than the national average and 3% lower than the regional average.
The county had levels of single year social worker instability 17% lower than the national average and 22% lower than the regional average.
Rutland also had levels of repeated placement instability 3% lower than the national average and 2% lower than the regional average. Our levels of repeated social worker instability were 6% lower than the national average and 11% lower than the regional average.