November 2019 performance
We continue to see the increasing trend and rise in number of children looked after. Whilst under our statistical neighbours, we continue to increase each month and therefore this gap is closing. 
We continue to support children to remain within their network when safe to do so and are taking action when required to safeguard children.
October 2019 performance
Whilst we remain under our statistical neighbours average, our numbers of children looked after continues to rise. We continue to support children to remain within their network when safe to do so and are taking action when required to safeguard children.
September 2019 performance
The trend of rising children looked after numbers has continued this month and whilst we remain under our statistical neighbours, this number continues to increase. We continue to support children to remain within their network when safe to do so and are taking action when required to safeguard children.
August 2019 performance
We are continuing to see an increase in Children coming into care with  a slight increase to 42.6% this month which remains below our statistical neighbours, however this figure is increasing each month. We continue to support children to remain within their network when safe to do so and are taking action when required.
The rate of children looked after per 10,000 population is lower than both the national and statistical neighbour averages. As identified in the Children First Practice Improvement Plan improvements are required in assessment and care planning to ensure children receive appropriate help and support.
 Actions include:-
  • Embed Signs of Safety to ensure a consistent practice model for all practitioners. Training of staff has commenced. 
  • Quality Assurance Framework updated with a collaborative approach to case file auditing to promote a learning culture to improve the quality of social work practice.
July 2019 performance
We continue to be under our statistical neighbour rate data for 2017/18 which is 51 per 10,000 however we are seeing the number of children looked after steadily increasing. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so.
June 2019 Performance
We continue to be under our statistical neighbour rate data for 2017/18 which is 51 per 10,000 however we are seeing the number of children looked after steadily increasing. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so.
April 2019 performance
The rate of Children Looked After has slightly increased to 41.7 per 10,000. We continue to be under our statistical neighbour rate data for 2017/18 which is 51 per 10,000 however we are seeing the number of children looked after steadily increasing. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so.
March 2019 performance
The rate of Children Looked After has slightly increased to 40.6 per 10,000, and is slightly higher than our year-end target of 40 per 10,000. Our statistical neighbour rate at the end of 2017/18 was 51.0 per 10,000 children so we have continued to remain under this with slight fluctuations. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so. We continue to use both our Gateway panel and CLAM panel for decision making for children looked after.
February 2019 performance
The rate of Children Looked After has slightly increased to 40.7 per 10,000. We continue to be under our statistical neighbour rate data for 2017/18 which is 51 per 10,000. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so.
December 2018 performance
The rate of Children Looked After has slightly increased to 40.6 per 10,000. We continue to be under our statistical neighbour rate data for 2017/18 which is 51 per 10,000. We continue to support children and families to ensure that children remain in their families and network as long as it is safe to do so.
October 2018 performance
Slight increase from last month, this data remains steady with no significant increases.
August 2018 performance
This figure has remained steady and was sitting at 39.5 at end of August so slight decrease from last month.
July 2018 performance
There has been no significant change in this data and our population of children looked after remains stable.
May 2018 Performance
We continue to see small fluctuations with the number of CLA in West Sussex being either just above or below the 700 mark. We continue to support our children and families and work with them to prevent further increases as we know if safe to do so, children are best supported within their family network.

December 2017 Performance

During this quarter the number of Looked After children per 10,000 has remained constant with small fluctuations on a monthly basis.

Background

This measure looks at the number of children who are Looked After within Children Social Care in West Sussex. This means that some children are in foster placements and a few children are placed in residential care homes.

In order to know how well we are doing we measure ourselves against authorities in relation to the no. of children in care per 10,000 population of children.