Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Children and Young People Plan Performance Monitor 2016-17 Quarter 1

The Panel are asked to scrutinise the performance of the partnership of services for children at the end of the first quarter in 2016/17.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director Children’s Services and the Assistant Director Commissioning and Resources who provided an update of the Children and Young People Plan Performance Monitor 2016/17 for Quarter 1.

 

They explained that at 93% the number of Greenwich primary schools judged as good or outstanding remained above the London average and that secondary schools judged as good or outstanding at 76.9% (previously 69.2%) has also improved. Those schools which required further improvement were being supported through the Local School Improvement Strategy.

 

They said that the number of women who were smokers in Greenwich, at the time of delivering their babies, had seen a small reduction. There was now a smoking cessation advisor established at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

 

They continued that the rate of A&E attendances for children and young people had significant links to asthma and accidents, and had continued to increase and was above the national average. The Clinical Commissioning Group was developing a pathway for asthma prevention, engaging multi-agency action to try and reduce A&E admissions.

 

In regard to Early Help to avoid children being taken in to care, a Panel member drew the Panel’s attention to the Nil Recourse Service for people who do not have access to public funds. She said that it would be preferable to support families with nil recourse to public funds, where possible, to ensure that it was not necessary for their children to be taken in to care, because of a lack of support.

 

The Panel noted that the first time offender figures were still in the red and this was of concern. The Assistant Director said that they were aware that there were issues targeting these individuals when they were younger and that indicators of when things start to go wrong were being looked in to. An increase in the number of girls entering the Youth Offending Service had been noted. Further that there had been an increase of girls in gangs and they were not always the victims but increasingly the perpetrators. They said that Police triaging was working well in identifying problems and they were also working closely with schools to identify poor attendance and exclusions.

It was also noted by the Panel that under 18 conception rates also had a red rating, the Director said that they had found that strong education outcomes and aspirations for young women were key to reducing teenage pregnancy and the commissioning of girls only programmes was being implemented as well as mixed projects. A healthier relationships initiative was being led by Eltham Hill Girls School and St. Pauls was working with mental health ambassadors trained by Oxleas to talk to young people involved in unhealthy relationships. 

 

The Panel requested that they be provided with detailed information on the targeted activity (including commissioned activity) that was being delivered for higher risk groups such as those entering the Youth Justice System and also aimed at young women known to be at risk or have been involved in criminal activity.

Action: Director of Children’s Services / Senior Corporate Development Officer

 

The Panel noted that there had been a rise in children missing from home or care. The Assistant Director responded that this was as a result of improved reporting. There was a focus on children who go missing more than once and the push and pull factors for these children was being monitored by their allocated social workers.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Panel noted the performance of the partnership of services for children for the end of the first quarter 2016-17.

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