The latest Annual Report of Barnsley Council’s Corporate Parenting Panel (CPP) will be presented to cabinet members on Wednesday 16 June. They will be asked to note the progress and achievements made by the panel in supporting children and young people in care, together with care leavers, during 2020/21.
Both the Children Act (2004) and the Children (Leaving Care) Act (2000) continue to place a statutory duty upon us to protect children from suffering significant harm and to provide continued financial and transitional support for care leavers aged up to 25. Every two months, the CPP meets and discusses reports to make sure our local performance meets the needs of children in care and care leavers.
The annual report describes several highlights, including our rate of children in care being lower than 2019/20, children in care and care experienced young people having strong, stable relationships with their allocated worker, and placement stability improving. The report also looks at dental health, attendance and exclusions at school, fostering rates, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are 12 priorities outlined for 2021/22, including improving the timely access to emotional help, support and treatment for children in care and care experienced young people, improving the number of care leavers engaged in employment, education and training, and continuing to improve placement stability.
Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “Like any good parent, we must continually strive to do even better for our children in care and care experienced young people, promoting and supporting their aspirations, their potential, their progress and achievements. This annual report is a good opportunity for us to check how we’re doing, reflect on successes and plan for next year.
“Thank you to our children in care and care leavers, including the Care4Us Council, for their valuable help and input in this report.”