East Midlands Region June 2016 Update
Update for the June 2016 Council of Reference meeting
Summary of main regional activities in the East Midlands April – early May 2016.
1. Collaborative developments in children’s service
Recent EM DCS discussions explored the potential for various children’s services to be organised on different geographical footprints, looking at the ‘possible’ rather than just the feasible or desirable. Services considered with potential for some degree of collaboration included: residential care, specialist placements, admissions and place planning, care leavers, YOT, EPS, fostering and IRO service. Some further areas were summarily dismissed.
A lively discussion is underway at present to get a better understanding of the planned national dispersal scheme and to ensure effective engagement with and through the Strategic Migration Partnership.
- Some regional concordats being developed re EHCPs
- SEND Transport – an analysis of transport is being developed that will be subject to regional workshops
- A major regional study “Reducing Distant SEND Placements – Increasing Regional Sufficiency” has been produced that is will inform future action plans.
4. Educational outcomes
First meeting of a Regional Education Summit is being held, bringing together LAs (DCS and AD Schools and Learning), Regional Schools Commissioner, Teaching School Council representative, Chairs of EMTSA Strategic Group, Ofsted, National College, Lead Member and Dioceses. The rationale for the summit is to investigate the most useful things different partners can do separately and together to develop the capacity and performance of the school system in the region.
5. CSE standards
Regional CSE standards now approved and being ‘signed off’ to become a quality assurance tool.
6. Influencing demand for LA-funded services
The regional Data and Improvement Leads Group is currently working on developing demand-mapping timelines for CiN, CP and CiC for each local authority in the region which takes into account local and national events which may have impacted upon demand. They are also generating case studies of interventions, projects and delivery models which have been piloted or rolled out across the region which may have reduced demand at the key points identified. This will help us to analyse common trends in the approaches that are found to be effective.
7. Regional Adoption Agency
Little new this quarter, lots of discussions. The underlying issue still to be reconciled is the apparent assumption within centrally presented models that the LA will ‘give up’ part of its responsibility for the child’s journey. This remains problematic.
8. Peer challenge and self-assessments
The 2016 regional self-assessment currently being completed for triangulation, analysis and peer challenge at the July DCS Peer Challenge event.
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