Supporting Care Leavers in Essex
A report on Care Leavers in Essex revealed how they face a number of difficulties, including coping with a tenancy and the risk of homelessness for a number of these young people.
On a national level, forthcoming Government legislation means councils will take on more responsibility to help prevent homelessness and in Essex, funding has already been received to help tackle the issue.
How care leavers can be provided with further support and what the Board can do to help ease the difficulties they face will be discussed at the June meeting.
The Board was briefed on some of the procedures that must be followed when parents decide to home educate a child and how any concerns are addressed.
There are approximately 1000 children being home educated in Essex. Parents of these children are invited to attend workshops to inform them of correct procedures which include the following:
- When a parent decides to home educate a child, they must write to the school to advise them of their decision
- If there are concerns, parent/s will always receive a letter in the first instance, outlining what they must adhere to when home educating their child
In light of the Children and Social Work Bill and the removal of the statutory footing for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, the Board in Essex is looking at how it can make changes to further improve the way it works to help keep children and young people safe.
Proposals for avoiding duplication of work and better engagement with local areas were agreed in principle; a plan of how this can be achieved will be discussed at the next meeting in June.