This post updates previously published information concerning children known to social services (see Demographics of children known to Social Care 2007 – 2011).
- Social Services caseloads by quarter up to 30-09-2012.
- Ethnic breakdown of children known to Social Services.
- Number of referrals and contacts received by quarter up to 30-09-2012.
Bristol is pleased to publish its first Child Poverty Strategy, which is based on an extensive needs assessment and citywide consultation.
The most recent full national data release showed that 21,835 Bristol children live in poverty (26.7%) – the highest number and highest percentage in the south west. These are the children least likely to have opportunities to move away for education and career development – and so most likely to be the Bristol citizens on whom our aspirations for 2020 and beyond will rest.
In support of improving outcomes for young people with additional needs, we are now consulting on The Draft Bristol Transitions Strategy, along with a draft partnership transitions protocol and participation framework. See the Transitions page for more details and to leave your response. The end of the consultation period will be 15th June 2012.
The national Troubled Families agenda has been widely reported in the media over the past two months following statements from the Prime Minister giving his personal commitment, as well as committing resources, to ‘turn round the lives of Britain’s 120,000 troubled families’. Continue reading
Statement: Youth Links call-in
Cabinet’s decision to create a new Youth Links service for Bristol will be re-examined by the call-in panel on Wednesday 4th January.
Following examination of the decision at the panel the issue may go back to Cabinet to re-consider with new information, refer to Full Council for debate or no further action is taken and the Cabinet decision from 24th November will remain.
Plans for a new youth service, Bristol Youth Links, will see £20 million invested in youth services over the next five years. New arrangements will see ten or fewer contracts let to deliver a range of services.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Cllr Clare Campion-Smith said:
“It is disappointing that launching new youth services for Bristol may get delayed. The project aims to deliver high quality services where they are most needed. Our funding commitment gives the organisations who might bid for contracts the certainty they need to secure grants from elsewhere and employ staff.”
The Draft Children’s Specialist Commissioning Plan 2012 – 2015 has been published on the Consultations page of the blog. Please leave comments and responses directly on the page here.