January 2019 performance
The percentage of CLA who have had 3 or more placements during the year has decreased to 10.6% for January (12.1% Dec) This data is currently inline with both local and national data in this area. This is positive for her children looked after in improving their stability in placement. Work continues to support our children looked after and our placements service to improve this stability.
December 2018 performance
The percentage of Children Looked After (CLA) who have had 3 or more placements during the year has increased to 12.1% for December (11.3% Nov). This data is currently in line with both local and national data in this area. An audit has taken place to review this and actions from this will be progressed to continue to improve stability of placements for children looked after.
November 2018 performance
The percentage of Children Looked After who have had 3 or more placements during the year has decreased to 11.3% in November. This is an improvement in stability for our Children Looked After. An audit is being undertaken this month to understand this data further to therefore make recommendations. This data is currently inline with both local and national data in this area.
October 2018 performance
We have seen a slight reduction and an initial review of the data identifies that the majority of children experiencing 3+ moves are adolescents. These children are experiencing placement moves from foster care. To better understand this cohort of children and the factors impacting on stability a thematic audit has been commissioned and the Quality Assurance Service will lead on this in the coming month. Learning from this audit will be disseminated to the operational teams.
September 2018 performance
We have seen a slight reduction and an initial review of the data identifies that the majority of children experiencing 3+ moves are adolescents. These children are experiencing placement moves from foster care. To better understand this cohort of children and the factors impacting on stability a thematic audit has been commissioned and the QA Service will lead on this in the coming month. Learning from this audit will be disseminated to the operational teams.
August 2018 performance
We have seen a slight reduction  and an initial review of the data identifies that the majority of children experiencing 3+ moves are adolescents. These children are experiencing placement moves from foster care.  To better understand this cohort of children and the factors impacting on stability a thematic audit has been commissioned and the QA Service will lead on this in the coming month.  Learning from this audit will be disseminated to the operational teams.
July 2018 performance
We have continued to see an increase in this data and this is contributed to a shortage of placements and a competitive independent market.
May 2018 performance
We have seen an increase in this figure and is an area to focus on to ensure that our foster carers are supported and we are getting our matching process right. This can be challenging with a shortage of foster placements and a competitive independent market. Our own success on increased staying put arrangements has meant less foster placements available for other children.

December 2017 performance

During this quarter there has been a small increase in the number of children who have had more than 3 placements during the year. We continue to work hard to reduce this and this includes careful matching of children to placements and ensuring both children and care providers are given the good level of support

Background

This measure looks at how many changes of placements happen for each child who is Looked After in West Sussex during the year.

Children needs stable placements in order to maintain healthy relationships and achieve at school. Sometimes it is necessary to move placement to better meet their needs but achieving a permanent placement is the goal for all our children who are Looked After.