Stockton JSNA

Looked after children

What are the key issues?

  • The number of LAC has increased significantly in recent years, at a rate higher than many benchmark groups (see also the analysis in the later section on level of need).
  • Ensuring sufficient local placement options to reduce use of external, residential provision.
  • Reducing reliance on independent fostering agency placements.
  • Access to suitable accommodation for care leavers.
  • Narrowing the gap in educational outcomes.
  • Improving access to further education, employment and training.
  • Ensuring good quality and timely health assessments.
  • Support for emotional and mental health needs.
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