Adult and Children’s Services Cabinet Member – minutes – 21 March 2012

68 (68) REVIEW OF LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN’S (LAC) ACCOMMODATION – SUFFICIENCY STRATEGY – The  Director of Children and Young People’s Services submitted a report outlining the progressagainst the 2011-12 LAC Sufficiency Strategy and council’s ambition for the accommodation of children whom needed to be looked after.

The 2011/12 Sufficiency Strategy outlined the council’s ambition to adapt the accommodation provision to meet the needs of the looked after population in North Lincolnshire. This supported both national and local drivers to ensure that where possible children were looked after within a family or within age appropriate accommodation with the necessary support in the community.

The council had invested in this service to enable it to meet and fulfil the strategy.  This had positively resulted in an increased capacity within fostering and adoption and within post 16 accommodation, and in addition, the support available to young people living in the community with plans to design and build a new home for children who needed residential care.  Staff teams were to be reshaped to offer a modern and flexible approach to maximise the children’s positive outcomes, life skills and support them into adult living.

The sufficiency strategy provided a different and improved provision of accommodation to meet the needs of looked after children.

Resolved – (a) That the progress made towards meeting the sufficiency duty be noted, and (b) that the Adult and Children’s Services Cabinet Member offers his continued support.

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