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Update on Norfolk JAR June 2008 Key messages from the JAR self-assessment Norfolk JAR areas for investigation Safeguarding Looked after children (LAC) Children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) Teenage conceptions 14-19s provision

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norfolk jar areas for investigation
Norfolk JAR areas for investigation
  • Safeguarding
  • Looked after children (LAC)
  • Children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD)
  • Teenage conceptions
  • 14-19s provision
  • Service management and capacity to improve
the jar self assessment
The JAR self-assessment
  • Is a position statement covering each of the inspection areas for investigation
  • Sets our aims, the Norfolk context, partnership arrangements and key outcomes
  • Is supported by a review of outcomes, activity and progress against ECM outcomes
  • Both can be found on the JAR pages of http://www.everynorfolkchildmatters.org
service management
Service Management
  • Since the introduction of Every Child Matters in 2005, we have:
    • Very strong partnership working
    • Clear commitment to improvingoutcomes
    • Sharedvision and priorities based on comprehensive analysis of needs with active engagement of children, young people, parents and carers
    • Successfully managed major change to integrate services
    • Strengthened performancemanagement resulting in improved outcomes
service management6
Service Management
  • We have 19 priorities in the CYPP Plan and Local Area Agreement supported by:
    • Increasing investment
    • Providing better value for money (LAC Efficiency Project, changed working practices, making good use of external funding)
    • Escalating activity on equality – national leaders in key aspects of practice
    • Completing major reorganisation ofschools and investing over £200M in school buildings
service management7
Service Management
  • We have good capacity to improve:
    • Excellent co-operation between agencies
    • Strong political and senior leadership
    • Developed area-based services for children that are integrated with other agencies
    • Joint commissioning framework
    • Strong commitment to mixed economy of service provision
    • Joint workforce planning
    • Investors in People status
outcomes for children and young people in norfolk
Outcomes for children and young people in Norfolk
  • Health outcomes for most children are good
  • Most children are safe and there has been a shift to earlier intervention for vulnerable children
  • Most children enjoy life and most of them achieve well
  • Most children are able to make a positive contribution and there is high quality support for those who get involved in criminal activity
  • Most children achieve economic well-being
our focus for improvement
Our focus for improvement
  • Improve the mental and sexual health of children and young people
  • Shift to early interventionandprevention for children with additional or special needs
  • Raise educational attainment
  • Reduce youth offending
  • Increase post-16 participation and achievement and reduce number of young people not in education, employment and training
safeguarding and lac context
Safeguarding and LAC - Context
  • In 2005
    • UEA research by June Thoburn
    • More focus on intervention than on supporting families
    • High-profile child death had influenced the culture of how agencies worked
    • Performance was behind statistical neighbours with poor outcomes for children who became looked after
safeguarding our response
Safeguarding – our response
  • Greater focus on strengthening families
  • Common Assessment Framework in place and early intervention centred around the child
  • Increased investment
  • Robust Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Safeguarding infrastructure in place – procedures, training, named professionals, audits, allocated social workers, regular supervision
  • Focus on the right children safeguarded and looked after
  • Safe staffing practices
  • National leader in approaches to anti-bullying
safeguarding our impact
Safeguarding – our impact
  • Significant improvement in statutory indicators of safeguarding practice - fewer children subject to statutory processes and assessments more timely – and good performance compared to statistical neighbours
  • Children feel safe and believe staff in schools take bullying seriously
  • Fewer 17-25 year olds killed or seriously injured on roads
  • Easier for children and young people to give their views on safeguarding issues
lac our response
LAC – our response
  • LAC a priority in all agencies
  • Developed strong corporate parenting with inter-agency governance
  • LAC strategy and action plan
  • Increased focus on early intervention
  • More efficient use of resources with over £4M savings and avoided costs
  • Introduced Single Area Panels
  • Strengthened performance management
lac our impact
LAC – our impact

Outcomes are good and generally better than national and statistical neighbours:

  • Good levels of participation in reviews
  • Above average healthassessments
  • Substance misuse by LAC is below average
  • Fewer receive final warnings/reprimands or convictions
  • Educational attainment is improving at most key stages
  • Attendance rates are better than average
  • Above average in training and employment
  • Fostering and adoption services rated as “good” with some outstanding features in recent inspections
children with ldd
Children with LDD
  • Positive joint working and commitment to joint commissioning
  • Commitment to Every Disabled Child Matters Charter
  • Ambitious SEN Strategy
  • Early identification of needs
  • Regular reviews of progress of individuals with strong focus on listening to their needs
  • Services being located nearer to users
  • Education and training in variety of settings
  • Successful Direct Payments
  • Short BreaksPathfinder
children with ldd our impact
Children with LDD – our impact

Outcomes are good:

  • More in mainstream schools where they progress well
  • More SENstatements completed within timescale
  • 9 out of 12 special schools judged outstanding or good
  • Educational attainment varies but upward trend
  • More study in their own locality
  • Greater numbers accessing further education
  • Residential respite care units judged good
teenage conceptions
Teenage conceptions
  • Teenage conceptions a key priority with challenging future targets
  • Work targeted at vulnerable groups and areas of high rates
  • Improved access to contraceptive and sexual health services
  • Disseminated new Sex and Relationship Education guidance
  • Increased participation in sexual health training
  • More actively-addressed link between raising aspirations and risk factors for teenage conceptions
  • Continued support for young parents
teenage conceptions our impact
Teenage conceptions – our impact
  • Under-18 conceptions below the national average
  • Rate reduced slightly after a year in which it increased
  • We are successfullytargeting hot spot areas
14 19s provision
14-19s provision
  • Strong partnership leading the 14-19 strategy
  • Colleges major strength
  • More choices available - improving access and wider curriculum
  • Good impartial information, advice and guidance
  • Good support to traveller community, LAC and LDD
  • Shared responsibility for NEET
  • Integrated Youth Support Strategy
14 19s our impact
14-19s – our impact
  • Close to national averages for 5+ A*-C GCSE achievement and post-16 participation rates
  • More LAC sitting exams and gaining GCSEs
  • Increased proportion of young people achieving Level 2 and Level 3 at 19
  • More children with LDD accessing further education and achieving success
  • Most schools graded good for curriculum and all FE colleges good for equality of opportunity
  • Reduction in NEET
norfolk s jar inspectors
Norfolk’s JAR inspectors
  • Lead Inspector: Marianne Ellender-Gelé
  • Deputy Lead Inspector: Geoff Corre
  • One from Healthcare Commission
  • Plus six other inspectors
    • including 2 for LDD, 2 for 14-19s
  • Joint Corporate Assessment/JAR Inspector: Ellis Layward
  • Lead YOT inspector: Steve Blackburn
jar timetable of activity
JAR timetable of activity
  • Analysis week 11-13 June: documents review and case files scrutiny
    • Start to form judgments and give us feedback
    • Decide what they want to look at more during fieldwork
    • Confirm interviews, focus groups and visits
  • Fieldwork 30 June-13 July:
    • Groups of parents, carers and young people,
    • Focus groups of frontline staff and professionals working with sample of cases
    • Interviews with managers and elected members
    • Visits to duty rooms, schools, pupil referral units and projects
    • Feedback to us their views of strengths and weaknesses
preparing for fieldwork
Preparing for fieldwork
  • Duty rooms audited and prepared
  • Case files and questionnaires ready
  • Advice to help prepare staff for JAR
  • Information pack for anyone who may meet inspectors
  • Fieldwork timetable being drafted
    • This will be confirmed by inspectors after 13 June
how you can prepare yourself
How you can prepare yourself

Have a look at

  • C&YP Plan and your Service Plan to pinpoint where your work contributes
  • JAR Position Statement and Review to see the big picture
  • APA judgementcriteria to see how ‘good’ services are judged
  • Your performance data so you know the latest position on the impact you are having on the lives of children and young people in Norfolk
when being interviewed
When being interviewed
  • Give examples from your work which demonstrate outcomes for users
  • Don’t assume the inspectors will know
    • Be ready to draw evidence to their attention
  • Be confident in the good work that you and your service provide
  • Don’t be too nervous – it’s not an exam!
  • Please don’t give inspectors information directly
    • Send JAR team any additional documents requested by inspectors
how can you find out more
How can you find out more?
  • Visit the Every Norfolk Child Matters website www.everynorfolkchildmatters.org
  • Look at your intranet site
  • Contact JAR Team at County Hall, Room G16
    • Olivia Butler, 01603 222006 olivia.butler@norfolk.gov.uk
    • Claire Lugg, 01603 638077 claire.lugg@norfolk.gov.uk
    • Karen Ellis, 01603 224294 karen.ellis@norfolk.gov.uk