Ofsted inspectors have found that Solihull children’s services have continued improvement in services for young people leaving care and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children since the last inspection.
A focused visit by the inspectorate which concentrated on services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and children leaving care found that Solihull had an informed overview of its performance and practice.
“Senior leaders and managers know their service well. This has enabled them to improve the quality of practice and support for care leavers and UASC and achieve positive outcomes for young people,” said the report.
While almost all young people have pathway plans, these are not always started as soon as possible after a young person’s sixteenth birthday and can be delayed until the young person transfers to the 16-plus team. Young people could benefit from pathways starting as soon as practicably possible, inspectors recommend.
Supervision is regular and sometimes reflective but not always consistent, inspectors found. Supervision of cases should consistently contain an element of reflection and analysis to assist the allocated worker with thinking about complex issues and different approaches in seeking better outcomes
Inspectors recommend that Solihull improves the approach taken with young people leaving care to help them understand their personal histories and the reasons why they entered care to ensure this becomes more routine and at the young person’s pace.
Diane Wills is Consultant Social Worker at WillisPalmer, responsible for quality assuring the forensic risk assessment reports.
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