Improving outcomes for looked after children

Our last partnership workshop focussed on looked after children.  It took place on 6 September 2017 with 59 people from across the public, private and third sectors.

The aims of the workshop were to:

  • Meet our new Director for Children’s Services
  • Explore who our looked after children are, why they become looked after and the needs of looked after children
  • Plan how our collective resources could be used to improve early help to prevent children becoming looked after
  • Find out how to help promote fostering and adoption to increase provision for looked after children

Workshop programme

Julie Fothergill, Partnership Development Manager opened the workshop with an update on the work that had taken place since the last partnership workshop in June.

Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive Kirklees Council gave an overview of progress on the development of the Strategic Partnership and then set the scene for this workshop.

Steve Walker, Director for Children’s Services for Kirklees and Leeds, explained the background as to why Kirklees and Leeds are working together in partnership.  He shared Kirklees data on looked after children and information about their experience of life and the most likely outcomes they face.

During the workshop partners were asked to contribute their ideas on how we improve early help so fewer children need to be looked after.  They also looked at how we can work together to improve the outcomes of our looked after children.

The final session focused on promoting fostering and adoption.  Partners were asked to think about how their organisation could become more carer friendly and how they could help recruit foster carers.

How did it go?

We had some fantastic feedback from people who attended the workshop…

“The messages were strong and clear – it was good to hear the things reflected back to us that we have been saying for a while.”

“More of the same please, this was excellent”

“I made useful contacts with other voluntary organisations which will help our organisation move forward.  I shall be following these up.”

“I’ve fed back the strong message from Steve that what is the best outcome for the child/young person should always be at the forefront of our minds.”

Thank you to all those who attended and shared their thoughts and offers of support.

 

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