Children's Services monthly bulletin

John Gregg


We're all working hard to improve what we do so we deliver the very best for local children. 

We know Ofsted are likely to return soon but we've a lot to tell them about what we're doing, and also the areas we know we still need to work on.  

When they do come, make sure you tell them about the great work you're doing and how you are making a difference to children's lives across the city.  

John Gregg, Director of Children's Services

News and updates

Broadgate House

RAS, MASH and IYYS are on the move

Over the next few weeks Children's Services teams based in Christchurch House will be on the move.

They're moving to floor 4 of Broadgate House. If you have a meeting with them you'll need to use the entrance by Greggs. 

People needing to use the service will be directed to the Customer Service Centre entrance in the Upper Precinct.

The moving dates are:

16 May - RAS, MASH and CSE 

13 June - IYYS 

Family Justice Board

Performance in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Family Justice Board (LFJB) area has improved significantly, and in some places is better than the national average, according to the Ministry of Justice.

In a recent letter the Board was praised for significantly improving how long it took to deal with cases and the action plan it had in place to improve the relationship and collaboration between them and local councils.

Kevin Sadler, Chair of the Performance Improvement Sub-Group said, "I really appreciate the amount of work that the LFJB has put into improving performance and reducing delay. Congratulations and thank you."

New Fostering Panel Chair

Elaine Price is the new Chair of the Fostering Panel. She is currently Chair of Stoke City Council's panel and brings a wealth of fostering experience.

Elaine replaces Sarah Borthwick who stood down in March. Sarah will continue to be Chair of the Adoption panel.

Sandra Kerr

Sandra wins international award

Congratulations to Sandra Kerr who has been recognised with an international award for her hard work in multisystemic therapy (MST).

MST Services and MST UK recognised Sandra Kerr, Service Manager for the MST “Whatever it Takes” programme as the annual winner of the Programme Manager Category. Read more.

YOS Parent Support Group raise funds for charity

Cancer support centre benefits from fundraising

The Youth Offending Service’s Parenting Support Group raised more than £70 last month by holding a tombola for the Silver Spoons centre. 

The centre combines a café with a drop-in support centre for children and parents affected by cancer. 

News in brief

Next steps

Children’s Services have undertaken significant steps to improve over the last two years. The service is working at pace to embed and sustain the changes already made. The focus continues to be: 

  • Implementing the workforce strategy to stabilise the workforce and reduce the reliance on agency workers 
  • Improving the quality and consistency of practice by continuing to progress through auditing and quality assurance, ensuring that learning is being fed back in to practice. 
  • Ensuring that there is a greater availability of placement choice for all children by implementing the placement sufficiency strategy
  • Recruiting more foster carers and specialist carers to increase capacity to avoid residential placements for more complex children and young people
  • Ensure that the best use is made of the available resource/budget to maximise the impact on children’s lives.

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May 2016 


Our performance - March 2016

Average caseloads:

- RAS - 26

- Neighbourhoods - between 19-21
- IRO -  65

Contacts to MASH 

88.6% of MASH assessments have an outcome resulting in a referral to social care

Child Protection Plans



31.9% of all CAFs were held by either Health or schools against a target of 40%

Number of Looked After Children



54 children have been adopted and 31 placed

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