HCAN committee update December 2016

Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee

The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee last met on 22nd September. Representatives from the DfE attended to discuss the various strands of policy development in relation to children in care. The fostering stocktake will bring a focus on fostering which is long overdue however the committee were clear that this cannot be viewed in isolation, fostering must be considered as part of the wider care system. The discussion touched on the need to develop the market to ensure the right services are available to meet need, to shift commissioning practices to focus more on outcomes, and develop a better understanding of effective interventions.

Colleagues from Hampshire County Council (HCC) attended the meeting to share with the committee high level data from the welfare secure coordination unit. HCC have been running the interim coordination unit since May 2016 and are developing a rich dataset about the young people referred for a secure placement. Conversations with DfE are ongoing about the capacity of the secure estate and the need to address the increasing pressures relating to the sufficiency of services.

The committee welcomed representatives from NHS England to provide an update on the work taking place to support the implementation of future in mind. An analysis of the local transformation plans has taken place and the key messages coming from this include the need to engage with parents/ carers more, develop a better understanding of how data is gathered across the system and how this links to outcomes, and the demanding challenges around the workforce. Guidance on refreshing local transformation plans has been published and these must be submitted by October.

The next meeting of the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee is a joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee on 20th January 2017.

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