Slough Safeguarding Children

Supporting documents for LSCB annual report

LSCB Performance Report 2017 /18

This report provides a summary of performance data in Slough Children’s Services Trust based on figures at the end of March 2018, with some comparable data at the same time in the previous year.

The data follows the journey of the child through from contact, referral assessment and Initial Child Protection Conference. It also contains some key child looked after data around the number and rate of children looked after and placement stability.

Contacts – this is all contacts received by the First Contact Service and includes email and phone contact.

From 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 there were 9,645 contacts made to Children’s Social Care, slightly down from 9,861 in the previous year.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

9,861

9,645 (232.9 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

 

Contacts are made by a wide range of organisations, during the year the highest volume of contacts have consistently been from:

  • Police
  • Schools
  • Health Referrals – a referral is classed as a request for service and becomes a referral once the First Contact service has processed the contact and appropriate threshold has been met.
  • From April 1 2017 to 31 March 2018 there were 1,580 referrals received, this is fewer than referrals received in the previous year.
  • These are the key statutory agencies and it is expected that a significant proportion of referrals will come through these routes.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

2,219

1,580 (381.5 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

Of the referrals received in the year 2017/18 1,344 (85%) progressed to a social care assessment

 

 

 

Repeat Referrals – a repeat referral is where a case has been previously referred, support intervention provided and then closed.

The proportion of referrals that were repeat referrals was 19% which is slightly lower than the rate of repeat referrals during 2016/17 (20.4%)

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

20.4%

19%

 

Single Assessments – also known as a Children and Families Assessment, this is completed to provide a better understanding of the needs of the child and the family and determine the best form of support / intervention.

1,553 single assessments were started in the year which is lower than the number of assessments in the previous year, of the single assessments completed, 59% were completed within the 45 day timescale.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

2,134

1,553

 

Section 47 Investigations – are carried out following a strategy discussion where it has been agreed that there is a risk of harm or significant harm to a child. This can lead to a range of outcomes including a Child Protection Conference.

786 Section 47 investigations were completed in the year, of these 33.5% progressed to ICPC

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

885

786

 

*Work is currently being undertaken to separate out data in relation to S47 breaking down S47 where a child is already on a CP Plan and S47 where child is not on a CP Plan, this will provide a more reliable data in relation to the conversion from S47 to ICPC.

 

Initial Child Protection Conferences in Timescales – It is a statutory requirement that an ICPC takes place within 15 working days from the strategy discussion where a decision was made to initiate a Section 47 enquiry.

A total of 257 ICPCs took place during the year; 75% were completed within the 15 day timescale.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

345 ICPC (82.2% held in 15 day timescale)

257 ICPC (75% held in 15 day timescale)

 

Children with a Child Protection Plan on 31 March 2018 – the number of children with a Child Protection Plan can vary month on month; for this report data is shown regarding the number of children at the 31 March, which is the figure measured in national statistics.

On 31 March 2018 there were 161 children who were subject to a CP Plan, rate of 38.9 per 10,000

 

Children on a CP Plan on 31 March 2017

Children on a CP Plan on 31 March 2018

157 (rate of 38.7 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

161 (rate 38.9 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

 

Children on a CP Plan 2 years plus – through the year 1.3% of children subject to a CP Plan had been on a plan for 2 years plus. This figure remains low and a new system of monitoring cases where a child has been on a plan for more than 2 years has been implemented.

Children on a repeat plan within 2 years of a previous plan – through the year 8.3% of children had been subject to a CP Plan in the previous two years. Children on repeat plans are now monitored and when a child becomes subject to a Plan for a second time there is now consideration given to whether Public Law Outline should be considered.

 

Children Looked After – the number of children looked after will vary month on month, for this report data is shown as the number of children looked after at the 31 March which is the figure measured in national statistics.

There were 208 children looked after on 31 March 2018. The rate and number of children looked after has increased from the previous two years (185 on 31 March 2016 and 197 on 31 March 2017), with care proceedings increasing overall.

It is positive that this figure has increased as it evidences strengthened protective action being taken to safeguard children.

Children looked after on 31 March 2017

Children looked after on 31 March 2018

197 (rate of 48.6 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

208 (rate of 50.2 per 10,000, 0 – 17 population)

 

Placement Stability (this is determined by the length of time in placement and the number of placement moves)

Placement Moves – children experiencing three or more placement moves.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

12.7 %

13.9%

 

There is a lot of focus on ensuring children remain stable in their placements, however for a variety of reasons some children do experience a number of placement moves. The year end figure increased slightly from the same period last year but remains lower than the 15% figure at the end of March 2016.

Length of time in placement – based on children under the age of 16 who have been in care for 2.5 years and measure is children who have been in the same placement for 2 years or more.

During 2017/18; 58% of children in care 2.5 years or more had been in the same placement for 2 years or more.

On 31 March 2018, 75% of all children looked after were placed within Slough or within 20 miles of Slough. This is a positive figure and has been slowly increasing. A focus on recruiting more foster carers has contributed to enabling more children to be placed locally.

 

 

 

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