Greater London Region June 2016 Update

​Update for the June 2016 Council of Reference meeting

ALDCS priorities

London DCS reviewed the ALDCS priorities for 2016/17 at the March meeting and these were subsequently confirmed at the ALDCS meeting on Monday 16 May. The ALDCS priorities for 2016/17 are:

  • Further developing the 2, 3 and 4 year-old offer available to London’s children and parents
  • Working with stakeholders to improve children’s social care/safeguarding practices across London as well as share emerging good practice
  • Achieving consistently high standards in the work of partner organisations to support early intervention/early help
  • Supporting the implementation of Adoption reforms in London
  • Positively shaping the London education system to support London’s children and young people to achieve better outcomes
  • Working with stakeholders to give children a happy and healthy start in life.

Regionalising Adoption

Work continues to establish the London Regional Adoption Agency. The scope and define phase of the project has now ended and it is currently subject to transitional funding (for May and June 2016) while the Department for Education considers the London implementation proposal covering 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Legal advisors have been appointed to produce detailed advice on the two preferences that Directors agreed should be explored. Those preferences, based on guidance from stakeholders including VAAs, are a local authority trading company and a joint venture.

School places planning

London Councils with the support of ALDCS and the GLA is looking at long term secondary school places need in London. In particular, work is being undertaken to understand existing cross-border movement patterns, where future demand is likely to appear and possibilities for enhanced joint planning between boroughs to secure future provision. This work will feed into London Councils future school places publication.

Concordat on children in custody

The ALDCS have raised concerns with ADCS about the new Home Office concordat.

Ofsted

The London Ofsted regional lead attended the last ALDCS meeting where the main focus of the session was about learning from recent inspections and future working arrangements to support sector led improvement. With a focus on areas such as enhancing the sharing of good practice as well as building resilience in areas such as social care, across the capital.

London region is behind with the SIF inspections and therefore, it is anticipated that over the coming quarters there will be a significant number of inspections in London.

New London Mayor

The ALDCS has written to the new Mayor for London about the existing and emerging challenges for London’s children and young people. Conversations are taking place between the ALDCS and GLA officers about existing programmes.



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