More Barnsley care leavers in employment, education or training

More of Barnsley’s young care leavers are fulfilling their potential and aspirations, with 88.2 per cent in employment, education or training, compared to 50 per cent in the same quarter last year.

This is just one highlight taken from Barnsley council’s quarter one performance report 2020-2021 (April to June 2020). The report shows the progress the council has made towards its three corporate priorities. It also identifies areas for improvement as the economic forecast ahead is challenging.  

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core services, said:  

“This report highlights some good areas of performance against our corporate plan. We’ve made progress in helping people to achieve their potential. We’ve seen outstanding performance of our Children’s Social Care assessments and our Adult Social Care reviews and timeliness of adult safeguarding responses. 

“It's pleasing to see that we successfully met our target to reduce the number of new mothers who are smokers. 

“We’ve seen an exceptional 171,000 visitors to our incredible green spaces which have provided a much-needed breath of fresh air for residents. As the country faced lockdown and the doors closed to Barnsley’s museums, we successfully extended our museums and galleries offer through new and innovative ways. 

“We’re exceptionally proud of our staff who have embraced a different way of working and pulled together to make sure residents and businesses were given full support during these challenging times. For instance, we were one of the first Local Authorities to set up a dedicated customer contact centre, which was created and operational within 72 hours. 

“There’s more work to do, as we face challenging times following the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic despite our best efforts. We must focus on those areas identified requiring greater attention, as we face rising unemployment and less people visiting our town centres and an increase in anti-social behaviour linked to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

“We want to reassure our residents and business that we’re working hard with partners across Barnsley and Sheffield City Region to ensure we’re equipped to face the road to economic recovery as we strive towards a brighter, better Barnsley.” 

Here’s a snapshot of highlights and achievements made during quarter one: 

  • 2 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds are on an apprenticeship compared with a 5.1 per cent national average.
  • 171,000 museum visitors with 97 per cent visiting our parkland and green spaces that remained open during the lockdown. 
  • 5 per cent of Early Years and Child Care Settings were rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, above both national and regional benchmarks.
  • Over 1,000 people volunteered in their communities despite Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting on the number of opportunities. The Area Teams worked with 271 Community Responders and 99 sewing volunteers. 
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) contact centre received 4,721 calls from residents.

The cabinet report can be read here. 

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