National Inspection of safeguarding and care planning of looked after children and care leavers who exhibit vulnerable or risky behaviours
Our inspection has identified that despite the hard work of staff too many looked after children feel dis-engaged from their own planning and review process.
Agencies need to work together more effectively as corporate parents if they are to deliver improved and ambitious outcomes for children in care.
The report that is being launched today at an event with Voices from Care and Cardiff University social work students, also identifies there needs to be a change of culture in how looked after children are perceived and supported by society.
The inspection work took place between January and May 2014 in all local authorities in Wales and included the views of 300 children (aged 11+) and care leavers who exhibit vulnerable or risky behaviours. The inspection also took into consideration the views of carers and professionals across both local authorities and partner agencies.
Chief Inspector of CSSIW, Imelda Richardson, said:
"This inspection focused on looking at some of the most vulnerable looked after children in Wales and how local authorities and partners plan their care.Staff are working very hard in responding to safeguarding concerns but there has to be a more joined up approach in delivering care plans across all organisations to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
The Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act will transform the delivery of social care services in Wales. This report now provides an opportunity for the views and experiences of children looked after to inform and shape how the services and support they receive are delivered across Wales."
The report also found:
- suitable move on accommodation to enable them to achieve independence
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