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Cabinet approves new sufficiency strategy

Published: Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

A new strategy to ensure there is a sufficient number of placements for children looked after by Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been approved at a cabinet meeting today (Tuesday).

The sufficiency strategy (2020 – 2023) is part of a range of improvements being made to the council’s children and family services and has been put in place to support the individual needs of children in care.

There are currently 944 children in care in the city. The strategy sets out how the council will ensure there is sufficient, quality accommodation within the city and surrounding areas to meet their needs. It outlines the current challenges, issues and opportunities in providing effective accommodation and services to support our children at risk of coming into care and those in care. The strategy also considers the wider needs of children in care, and how to ensure the homes they are living in help them to grow up in the right supportive environment for them to thrive.

Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Our young people are the future of the city; we need to ensure they have the best possible start in life, as well as access to every opportunity open to them as they grow. We will continue to invest in children, delivering our improvement plan for children’s social care. By working with our children and young people, our foster carers, wider council colleagues, statutory partners and community organisations to take the actions outlined in the sufficiency strategy we will achieve better outcomes for children in care, on the edge of care and care leavers. Together we can jointly address these challenges and improve our services and enable our children and young people in care to thrive.”

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