We will build more small-scale and specialist homes for children in care to provide safe, stable housing and support for the growing numbers of children entering the care system.
We will continue to ensure that foster carers are recognised for the vital role they play in keeping vulnerable children safe. We will also expand and improve our training offer for foster carers to take account of the changing needs of children. We will create specialist foster carer roles who will support some of the children in our care with the most complex needs.
We will take account of the lived experiences of the children and families who have required children’s social care support to improve our early help offer so that fewer young people come into care.
We will improve access to health and wellbeing services for children in care, particularly dental checks, access to a GP, standard health checks and mental health support.
We will develop a tailored approach to supporting our care leavers as they transition out of care and into education, employment or training, and we will ensure that officers and Councillors play their full part as corporate parents.