October 2018 performance
This has increased from 20 children to 24; 2.9% to 3.4%. 13 of these children have the oversight of the courts or having just concluded. 7 of these children are considered to no longer require a Child Protection plan and the Child Protection Unit have been asked for an early review. 4 children require next steps to progress their plan and this is in place through the gateway meetings or three way meetings with managers.
September 2018 performance
An audit has recently been completed on children on a plan for 18 months and over. West Sussex are at SE average for 2+ years CP Plans. 94-95% CP children do progress in a timely way without reaching 18+ months. 13 of the 25 families in 18+ months sample have or recently had PLO or care proceedings. (5 PLO, 6 care proceedings, 2 recent proceedings. 2 more had CPP’s ended in last few weeks. This is evidence that escalation is being used when there is no evidence of harm reducing. However, the pace of PLO work is varying. This is hoped to be addressed with the role out of the gateways meetings across the county the week beginning 15th October, following the pilot in Worthing. The number of families RAG rated as red is now only one family. The audit work showed inconsistency & sometimes lack of pace around formal assessment during CP Planning. No consistent triggers for further/ full social work assessment. One area that will be taken forward is to ensure the use of tools for assessing emotional harm and the impact on children and clarity about the use of the comprehensive assessment.
August 2018 performance
This percentage figure has risen to 2.2% (target 1.9%) and relates to 20 children.
 All 20 children have the oversight of the group manager and service lead and continued consideration of escalation or step down for those children not already within the court process.  There has also been a recent audit of all children subject to a CP plan for more than 18 months and when the report is shared with the service there will be an action plan coming from this and to be presented at next FOPB. 
July 2018 Performance
Performance has improved against this target in July with 1.7% of children subject to child protection plans having been on that plan for more than two years.  This is now inside our target of 1.9%.  We continue to ensure that children who have been subject to a child protection plan for 15 months are ‘flagged up’ with Children’s Services managers by the Child Protection Advisors who chair the child protection conferences.  This helps to alerts the managers to these children, who will then discuss with the social worker progress on the case, to ensure that there is no ‘drift and delay’ in the implementation of the child protection plan.  Often, however, the work is progressing well and it is just that working with families to bring about change can take time.  These cases are also currently subject to a full ‘deep dive’ audit by our Quality Assurance team.
By continuing with this approach and working closely with families and professionals to bring about change early for children subject to child protection plans it is expected that performance against this target will continue to be good, although fluctuations are to be expected.
June 2018 Performance
Performance has improved against this target in June with 2.2% of children subject to child protection plans having been on that plan for more than two years.  This is still outside our target of 1.9% and has again been affected by large sibling groups which have disproportionally influenced the numbers.  We continue to ensure that children who have been subject to a child protection plan for 15 months are ‘flagged up’ with Children’s Services managers by the Child Protection Advisors who chair the child protection conferences.  This helps to alerts the managers to these children, who will then discuss with the social worker progress on the case, to ensure that there is no ‘drift and delay’ in the implementation of the child protection plan.  Often, however, the work is progressing well and it is just that working with families to bring about change can take time.
By continuing with this approach and working closely with families and professionals to bring about change early for children subject to child protection plans it is expected that performance against this target will continue to improve.
May 2018 Performance
Performance has dipped further against this target this month with 2.7% of children subject to child protection plans having been on that plan for more than two years.  This figure has largely been affected by large sibling groups which have disproportionally influenced the numbers.  We continue to ensure that children who have been subject to a child protection plan for 15 months are ‘flagged up’ with Children’s Services managers by the Child Protection Advisors who chair the child protection conferences.  This helps to alerts the managers to these children, who will then discuss with the social worker progress on the case, to ensure that there is no ‘drift and delay’ in the implementation of the child protection plan.  Often, however, the work is progressing well and it is just that working with families to bring about change can take time.
By continuing with this approach and working closely with families and professionals to bring about change early for children subject to child protection plans it is expected that performance against this target will improve.

March 2018 Performance

Performance has dipped slightly against the target with 2.7% of children subject to child protection plans having been on that plan for more than two years. This figure has largely been affected by large sibling groups which have disproportionally influenced the numbers. We continue to ensure that children who have been subject to a child protection plan for 15 months are‘flagged up’ with Children’s Services managers by the Child Protection Advisors who chair the child protection conferences. This helps to alerts the managers to these children, who will then discuss with the social worker progress on the case, to ensure that there is no‘drift and delay’ in the implementation of the child protection plan. Often, however, the work is progressing well and it is just that working with families to bring about change can take time.

By continuing with this approach and working closely with families and professionals to bring about change early for children subject to child protection plans it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.

December 2017 Performance

We are performing well against this target, with just 1.1% of children subject to child protection plans having been on that plan for more than two years. We have achieved this by ensuring that children who have been subject to a child protection plan for 15 months are ‘flagged up’ with Children’s Services managers by the Child Protection Advisors who chair the child protection conferences. This helps to alerts the managers to these children, who will then discuss with the social worker progress on the case, to ensure that there is no ‘drift and delay’ in the implementation of the child protection plan. Often, however, the work is progressing well and it is just that working with families to bring about change can take time. By continuing with this approach and working closely with families and professionals to bring about change early for children subject to child protection plans it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.

Background

When children are identified as being at risk of continuing significant harm, they are made subject to a child protection plan at a child protection conference. This significant harm might be physical harm, sexual harm, emotional harm or neglect.

The child protection plan is agreed by the professionals and family members attending the child protection conference, and progress on this plan is monitored and reviewed at set intervals, through core group meetings and review child protection conferences.

A child will no longer remain subject to a child protection plan once they are no longer at risk of significant harm.

West Sussex County Council aims to have children on a child protection plan for as short a time as possible, as targeted interventions by professionals working alongside the family should be effective in reducing the risk of significant harm and protecting the child. It is the Council’s target to have no more than 1.9% of the children subject to child protection plans on that plan for more than two years.

Further information about child protection plans and child protection conferences can be found on the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board website, which can be accessed by clicking on this link: http://www.westsussexscb.org.uk/