Barnsley Council, alongside partner agencies, continue to work hard to improve the safety of adults and children.
The 2020-21 corporate performance report for July to September, published today, shows that the council is achieving its priority of making sure adults and children are safe from harm or neglect and receive the support that they need.
The repeat referral rate to Children’s Social Care is the lowest reported for more than two years and children with special educational needs have continued to receive a timely education, health and care plan that responds to their needs.
With a continued focus on our ‘Home First’ principles that seek to ensure people can remain or return home we are seeing fewer people entering residential care.
Adults are also receiving social care reviews of their care arrangements and safeguarding decisions on time.
Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core services, said: “We’re pleased to see continuing strong performance against our three priorities which we should all be proud of.
“Undoubtedly, the pandemic has brought significant challenges and continues to impact on our employees, residents and businesses. In response, we continue to build on our successes from the previous quarter, and our efforts are relentless in delivering our critical services. We remain focused on working with our partners to continue to support our residents, businesses and our workforce.
“Our Area teams have worked with partners to support hundreds of children and families who have needed to access food and activities to keep them healthy through the holiday period.
“I’m also extremely proud of how communities are pulling together throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable people. Volunteers have been at the heart of this piece of work, making sure that they receive essential shopping and regular befriending calls to help maintain both their physical and mental health.”
The report shows the progress the council is making towards their three priorities and it also identifies areas for improvement.
The following highlights some areas of good performance:
- 75.8% of care leavers were in education, employment or training at the end of September 2020, continuing the excellent performance reported in the previous quarter.
- 7.5% of 16 and 17-year-olds in the borough are on apprenticeship programmes, higher than both regional and national figures.
- 687 private sector jobs being created.
- 11 businesses investing in the borough by choosing to relocate to Barnsley.
- 45.3% of diesel vehicles have been replaced with electric vehicles in line with the Zero Carbon ambition.
- 99.5% of our Early Years and Childcare settings have been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
- 876 people volunteered in their communities despite Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting on the number of opportunities.
- 100% of fly-tipping has been cleared from public land within five days.
- All statutory meetings continue to be delivered virtually.