Home Affairs CommitteeSupplementary written evidence from the Department for Education [LCG 06a]

Q899—How many LSCBs there will be in each region

LSCBs are established by local authorities and may cover more than one local authority area. The list of LSCBs by region (attached as Appendix 1) is held by the Department for Education for operational reasons. LSCBs are not required to register their details with the Department so the information may be incomplete. The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs has details of LSCB’s contact information which can be found here http://www.lscbchairs.org.uk/Contacting_LSCBs .

Q902—Information on which LSCBs are still requiring intervention

Background information on forms of intervention

Forms of non-statutory intervention include: the provision of external consultancy support; the establishment of Improvement Boards (with or without an independent Chair); enhanced monitoring and challenge; and, since April 2008, the issuing of non-statutory Improvement Notices which have often been used to underpin a package of intervention made up of some or all of the above.

Improvement Notices are not legal instruments, but rather formal notices designed to tackle significant or enduring underperformance in a local authority or partnership. Issued by the appropriate Secretary of State (or Minister on their behalf), they clearly specify the issue of concern, the level of improvement required, when and how this will be assessed, and subsequent steps that may be taken if improvement is not achieved. Local authorities and partners who are the subject of an Improvement Notice are involved in discussion of the content of the Improvement Notice before it is finalised.

More critical or enduring underperformance may necessitate the use of statutory directions. The Secretary of State is able to direct a local authority using powers in section 497A of the Education Act 1996 (as applied to children’s social care by section 50 of the Children Act 2004) to take whatever action is deemed expedient to achieve necessary improvement.

These intervention measures are considered in cases where Ofsted inspections identify inadequate practice and serious concerns about practice in relation to safeguarding, adoption and looked after children. The measures do not specifically relate to practice on child sexual exploitation.

Local Authorities directed using statutory powers or Improvement Notice as at 4 April 2013

Directed using statutory powers

Issue Date

Focus

Cornwall

02/12/09

Social care (Safeguarding (S) and Looked After Children (LAC))

Doncaster

12/03/09

Children’s services

Birmingham

18/03/13

Children’s Services

Improvement Notice

Barnsley

27/11/12

Social care (S and LAC)

Bexley

26/10/12

Social care (S)

Blackpool

02/11/12

Social care (S)

Calderdale

08/04/10

Social care (S)

Cambridgeshire

07/02/13

Social care (S)

Cumbria

03/08/12

Social care (S)

Herefordshire

14/02/13

Child protection/Children’s Services

Kent

08/03/11

Social care (S and Adoption (A))

Kingston upon Thames

15/10/12

Social care (S)

Peterborough

29/06/10

Social care (S)

Sandwell

23/03/10

Social care (S)

Sefton

01/12/12

Social care (A)

Slough

27/09/11

Social care (S)

Sutton

27/09/12

Social care (S)

Torbay

31/01/11

Social care (S and A)

Walsall

02/11/12

Social care (S)

West Sussex

15/03/11

Social care (S)

Wiltshire

25/09/12

Social care (S and A)

Q912—How widely “return interviews” with children who have run away from care are implemented as standard practice.

The number of children who have return interviews who have run away from care is not collected centrally. Ofsted would consider evidence of return interviews as part of their inspection on safeguarding arrangements. The recent Ofsted report “Missing People” published in February reports that out of the 50 cases they tracked they found evidence of return interviews taking place in 11 (p14 paragraph 37). The report goes on to say (paragraph 48) that looked after children who live in children’s homes were more likely to receive return interviews than children living in foster care.

We are currently revising the guidance on children who go missing from home and care and there will be an emphasis in the guidance on the need for return interviews and to use the information gathered in them to improve services and reduce the risk of a child running away again.

APPENDIX 1

London

LSCB

Barking & Dagenham
Barnet
Bexley
Brent
Bromley
Camden
Croydon
Ealing
Enfield
Greenwich
Hackney & City
Hammersmith & Fulham
Haringey
Harrow
Havering
Hillingdon
Hounslow
Islington
Kensington & Chelsea
Kingston Upon Thames
Lambeth
Lewisham
Merton
Newham
Redbridge
Richmond Upon Thames
Southwark
Sutton
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Wandsworth
Westminster

South East

LSCB

Bracknell Forest
Brighton and Hove
Buckinghamshire
East Sussex
Hampshire
Isle Of Wight
Kent
Medway
Milton Keynes
Oxfordshire
Portsmouth
Reading
Slough
Southampton
Surrey
West Berkshire
West Sussex
Windsor & Maidenhead
Wokingham

South West

LSCB

Bath & N E Smerset
Bournemouth
Bristol City
Cornwall
Devon
Dorset
Gloucestershire
Isle of Scilly
North Somerset
Plymouth
Poole
Somerset
South Gloucestershire
Swindon
Torbay
Wiltshire

West Midlands

LSCB

Birmingham
Coventry
Dudley
Herefordshire
Sandwell
Shropshire
Solihull
Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent
Telford and Wrekin
Walsall
Warwickshire
Wolverhampton
Worcestershire

East Midlands

LSCB

Derby City
Derbyshire
Leicester City
Leicestershire & Rutland
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Nottingham City
Nottinghamshire

North East

LSCB

Darlington
Durham
Gateshead
Hartlepool
Middlesbrough
Newcastle
North Tyneside
Northumberland
Redcar & Cleveland
South Tyneside
Stockton
Sunderland

North West

LSCB

Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool
Bolton
Bury
Cheshire East
Cheshire West & Chester
Cumbria
Halton
Knowsley
Lancashire
Liverpool
Manchester
Oldham
Rochdale
Salford
Sefton
St Helens
Stockport
Tameside
Trafford
Warrington
Wigan
Wirral

Yorkshire & Humber

LSCB

Barnsley
Bradford
Calderdale
Doncaster
East Riding
Hull
Kirklees
Leeds
North Yorkshire
North Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire
Rotherham
Sheffield
Wakefield
York

April 2013

Prepared 29th January 2014