Issue details

Children Looked After and Care Leavers' Strategy 2020-2024

The current Children Looked After and Care Leaver’s Strategy (2018-21) is being updated following the Ofsted inspection of 2019 and the appointment of a Commissioner to work with West Sussex County Council

The update is necessary to ensure a strategic approach and evidence our commitment to ensuring that children who are looked after by the authority are happy, healthy, and safe and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


The proposed new strategy is the product of consultation with the Children in Care Council, Corporate Parenting Panel and partners. It will have an annually updated action plan to enable the service to measure delivery against the objectives outlined in the strategy and ensure resources are targeted so as to improve the quality of life for children and young people in the care of the local authority.


The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People is asked to support the adoption of the Children Looked After and Care Leavers’ Strategy 2020-24.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/03/2020

Decision due: October 2020 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Councillor Jacquie Russell

Contact: Louise Warren, Senior Improvement Lead Email: Tel: 033 022 24653.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Corporate Parenting Panel - 12 March 2020, 25 June 2020

Children in Care Council



Local Safeguarding Partnership

Staff and Young People living in County Council Children’s Homes

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in Life

Background papers