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Improving outcomes for Bristol children, young people and families is the key driver for all our work. In order to do this, we must prioritise and focus on key issues. We have formed a Children and Families Board (link to Terms of Reference) to oversee our work and will build on the foundations laid by the Bristol Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) which ran from 2011 to 2014.
Children’s Services Scrutiny Commission
The Children’s Services Scrutiny Commission receives quarterly reports on how well we are doing against key performance indicators. It will also receive updates on our plans and strategies. The agendas and minutes of these meetings are available on our Scrutiny Commissions and Select Committees page.
Our schools, colleges, child care providers and children’s social services are inspected regularly and reports of these inspections can be found on the Ofsted website.
Our first Child Poverty Strategy 2011-2020, is based on the needs assessment and a citywide consultation. Further information on the strategy can be found on the blog post: Bristol Child Poverty Strategy 2011-2020 Published
Children and Young People’s Services commission children’s foster care, residential care and post 16 supported accommodation placements from a mixed market of internal and external providers. Such placements are high cost and it is important that Bristol manages the market to ensure that placements are cost effective and of the highest quality.
This plan uses the Enabling Commissioning Framework to review progress made against our priorities, to analyse the placement market and the needs of children in and leaving care; and to plan to meet the priorities identified for 2012-15 and beyond.
Children's Homes Commissioning Plan
We've been reviewing how we commission placements for looked after children to make sure we have the right type of homes for all children and young people in our care. We aim to have a range of quality, local placements that achieve good outcomes for children and young people and provide value for money.
Following consultation on a draft version, we've published a commissioning plan. This sets out how we'll commission places in children's homes in future - see related documents. This has been produced as part of a series of changes we're making to children's services.
See Changes to children and young people's services - Children First.