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Home education is not mentioned. OVERALL KENT IS RATED GOOD
The local authority maintains a thorough record of children who are electively home educated (EHE). The number of EHE children is high, currently 596. Although the local authority has developed initiatives with schools to try to reduce this number, the number of children becoming EHE has risen by 20% from last year. OVERALL GLOUCESTERSHIRE IS RATED INADEQUATE
Derby City 13/6/17
Comprehensive records are maintained on children who are electively home educated, and the local authority complies with statutory guidance by undertaking annual home visits to see these children.
Regarding the LSCB The board does not just provide challenge at a local or regional level, but also at a national level when this is appropriate. For example, when the LSCB was scrutinising and challenging the local authority about how well it assures itself of the welfare of electively home-educated children, the local authority’s response, detailing the limitations to its statutory powers, led to a letter from the independent chair to raise the issue with the Secretary of State for Education. OVERALL DERBY IS RATED GOOD
North Tyneside 13/6/17
Good arrangements are in place to support children who are electively home educated. The Alternative Placement Team encourages parents to register and, once this has occurred, a home visit is offered. In the majority of cases, the authority successfully registers those families who come to their notice, so they can support them, make suitable checks to ensure that children are safe and assess the quality of provision. Currently, 41 pupils are being educated at home. The Alternative Placement Team makes concerted efforts to ensure that parents are well informed about the most suitable education for their children. The team offers home visits, support, advice and guidance to parents OVERALL NORTH TYNESIDE IS RATED GOOD
The local authority holds clear and accurate information on children who are missing education and those who are electively home educated.
Regarding the LSCB There is a clear learning and improvement framework, and the partnership embarked on an ambitious programme of multi-agency audits in 2015. Audits have included child protection processes, parental mental health, home education, children missing education, child sexual exploitation, child protection plans for children who have a disability, adolescents, neglect and the MASH. These, together with regular reporting of single-agency audits, ensure continuous and effective monitoring of frontline practice. OVERALL SOUTHWARK IS RATED GOOD
The local authority tracks children missing from education to ensure that they are safe and that children who are educated at home are well monitored. OVERALL KNOWSLEY IS RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT (RE-INSPECTION, MOVED OUT OF “INADEQUATE”)
Effective arrangements are in place to support children who are electively home educated, including the undertaking of appropriate checks. OVERALL COVENTRY IS RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT (RE-INSPECTION, MOVED OUT OF “INADEQUATE”)
Tower Hamlets 7/4/17
Managers implement well-established and effective systems to monitor the 170 children who are currently electively home educated. Of these children, 68% are of primary school age and 32% are of secondary school age. The home education team at the authority keeps in touch with almost all families. OVERALL TOWER HAMLETS IS RATED INADEQUATE
Redcar and Cleveland 7/4/17
The local authority has robust systems in place to support children who are home educated and to monitor the quality of provision. Names of home- educated children and their families are cross-referenced with data held by the VEMT [vulnerable, exploited, missing and trafficked] group on a monthly basis, which enhances a robust response. OVERALL REDCAR AND CLEVELAND IS RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT
The manager with responsibility for children who are electively home educated maintains comprehensive records and undertakes appropriate safeguarding checks. Fifty-three electively home-educated children are known to the local authority. OVERALL BEDFORD IS RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT
Nobody in Gloucestershire can be surprised…
“Overall, services for children in Gloucestershire are inadequate.
Senior leaders have not sufficiently prioritised or improved the quality of social work practice since services for children in need of help and protection were judged inadequate in 2011, and the quality of services to children and families has now deteriorated significantly. As a result, there are serious and widespread failures for children in need of help and protection.
Serious concerns about the integrity of the current senior leadership team were raised during this inspection. Inspectors discovered significant discrepancies in some information provided to them by the senior leadership team, which demonstrated that some staff feel vulnerable, unsupported by senior managers and fearful of challenging or exposing poor practice. Relationships between senior managers and practitioners have broken down. Inspection findings and staff feedback, as well as an unprecedented number of whistleblowing concerns, demonstrate that the management oversight of children’s services is failing to protect children and families.”
Inspectors found serious and widespread failures in services for children in need of help and protection. Severe weaknesses in performance monitoring, quality assurance, management oversight and the quality of social work practice have led to serious delays in assessing risk and putting plans in place to protect children. There are delays at every point of the child’s journey. Current systems and processes are ineffective.
21. A significant number of children’s cases seen by inspectors were referred back to the local authority in which social workers and managers had failed to identify children at risk and, in particular, to respond appropriately to escalating risks in families. This included children left at potential risk of significant harm for far too long, and who required immediate action to safeguard them.