Issue details

Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy 2022-2025

The purpose of the report is to present members of the Children, Young People and Education Committee with the Children Looked After (CLA) and Care Leavers Strategy 2022-2025. The Strategy sets out the local authority and partners’ plans as ‘corporate parents’ to “ensure children looked after and care leavers are valued, listened to and supported to be aspirational, to build positive relationships and achieve their full potential”.

It identifies several key priorities for focus over the next three years. These are:

1. Emotional and physical health and wellbeing – making sure you are happy and healthy all the way through your childhood and into adulthood. Enabling you to build positive relationships, strengthen your sense of identity and understand your life experiences.

2. Independence and transition to adulthood – Focussing on helping you learn ‘life skills’ from an early age and getting everything in place so you can be supported if you need it after you turn 18

3. Positive Lived Experiences – Making sure there are enough of the right people to look after you in suitable homes whether this is a short or long stay/time.

4. Education and Employment – Ensuring that you do well, have the right support in school and have the right opportunities to access employment Underpinning each priority will be the fundamental principle to listen to the ‘voice and of the child and young people’. Attached at appendix A is a copy of the draft Strategy. A child-friendly version is attached at appendix B. The Strategy replaces the previous Corporate Parenting Strategy which expired in 2021. The Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy 2022-25 supports the Wirral Plan 2021-26 theme Brighter Futures.

This is a key decision as it impacts on all wards.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significant people impact;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Decision due: 10 Mar 2022 by Children, Young People & Education Committee

Lead director: Director of Children, Families and Education

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  • Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy 2022-2025