Children looked after with 3 or more placements within a year.

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.
We aim to achieve top quartile of statistical neighbours by 2022.

February 2020 performance

There has been a decrease in placement stability for children looked after.
 


Our 2019-20 milestone target is 8.5% 
Our performance remains in line with both our local and national data.

Actions

New Service Lead for Children Looked After to implement placement stability meetings for children identified as at risk of placement disruption to prevent this happening.
 Where unplanned placement changes occur meetings (focusing on disruption) will be held to establish future learning.
 Service Lead to establish process for data collection on reasons why placements have disrupted to identify learning/ training needs to enable a service wide awareness of any trends.
Ofsted identified a number of systemic and practice issues which need to be addressed and which will help us meet our target. The Practice Improvement Plan identified a need to secure permanence at an earlier stage and ensure children are placed in suitable arrangements.   This will introduce disruption and stability meetings to oversee placements of children. 
We 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.