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Title: June 2008


Update on Norfolk JAR
  • June 2008

Key messages from the JAR self-assessment
Norfolk JAR areas for investigation
  • Safeguarding
  • Looked after children (LAC)
  • Children with learning difficulties and/or
    disabilities (LDD)
  • Teenage conceptions
  • 14-19s provision
  • Service management and capacity to improve

The JAR self-assessment
  • Is a position statement covering each of the
    inspection areas for investigation
  • Sets our aims, the Norfolk context, partnership
    arrangements and key outcomes
  • Is supported by a review of outcomes, activity
    and progress against ECM outcomes
  • Both can be found on the JAR pages of

Service Management
  • Since the introduction of Every Child Matters in
    2005, we have
  • Very strong partnership working
  • Clear commitment to improving outcomes
  • Shared vision and priorities based on
    comprehensive analysis of needs with active
    engagement of children, young people, parents and
  • Successfully managed major change to integrate
  • Strengthened performance management resulting in
    improved outcomes

Service Management
  • We have 19 priorities in the CYPP Plan and Local
    Area Agreement supported by
  • Increasing investment
  • Providing better value for money (LAC Efficiency
    Project, changed working practices, making good
    use of external funding)
  • Escalating activity on equality national
    leaders in key aspects of practice
  • Completing major reorganisation of schools and
    investing over 200M in school buildings

Service Management
  • We have good capacity to improve
  • Excellent co-operation between agencies
  • Strong political and senior leadership
  • Developed area-based services for children that
    are integrated with other agencies
  • Joint commissioning framework
  • Strong commitment to mixed economy of service
  • Joint workforce planning
  • Investors in People status

Outcomes for children and young people in Norfolk
  • Health outcomes for most children are good
  • Most children are safe and there has been a shift
    to earlier intervention for vulnerable children
  • Most children enjoy life and most of them achieve
  • Most children are able to make a positive
    contribution and there is high quality support
    for those who get involved in criminal activity
  • Most children achieve economic well-being

Our focus for improvement
  • Improve the mental and sexual health of children
    and young people
  • Shift to early intervention and prevention for
    children with additional or special needs
  • Raise educational attainment
  • Reduce youth offending
  • Increase post-16 participation and achievement
    and reduce number of young people not in
    education, employment and training

Safeguarding and LAC - Context
  • In 2005
  • UEA research by June Thoburn
  • More focus on intervention than on supporting
  • High-profile child death had influenced the
    culture of how agencies worked
  • Performance was behind statistical neighbours
    with poor outcomes for children who became looked

Safeguarding our response
  • Greater focus on strengthening families
  • Common Assessment Framework in place and early
    intervention centred around the child
  • Increased investment
  • Robust Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Safeguarding infrastructure in place
    procedures, training, named professionals,
    audits, allocated social workers, regular
  • Focus on the right children safeguarded and
    looked after
  • Safe staffing practices
  • National leader in approaches to anti-bullying

Safeguarding our impact
  • Significant improvement in statutory indicators
    of safeguarding practice - fewer children subject
    to statutory processes and assessments more
    timely and good performance compared to
    statistical neighbours
  • Children feel safe and believe staff in schools
    take bullying seriously
  • Fewer 17-25 year olds killed or seriously injured
    on roads
  • Easier for children and young people to give
    their views on safeguarding issues

LAC our response
  • LAC a priority in all agencies
  • Developed strong corporate parenting with
    inter-agency governance
  • LAC strategy and action plan
  • Increased focus on early intervention
  • More efficient use of resources with over 4M
    savings and avoided costs
  • Introduced Single Area Panels
  • Strengthened performance management

LAC our impact
  • Outcomes are good and generally better than
    national and statistical neighbours
  • Good levels of participation in reviews
  • Above average health assessments
  • Substance misuse by LAC is below average
  • Fewer receive final warnings/reprimands or
  • Educational attainment is improving at most key
  • Attendance rates are better than average
  • Above average in training and employment
  • Fostering and adoption services rated as good
    with some outstanding features in recent

Children with LDD
  • Positive joint working and commitment to joint
  • Commitment to Every Disabled Child Matters
  • Ambitious SEN Strategy
  • Early identification of needs
  • Regular reviews of progress of individuals with
    strong focus on listening to their needs
  • Services being located nearer to users
  • Education and training in variety of settings
  • Successful Direct Payments
  • Short Breaks Pathfinder

Children with LDD our impact
  • Outcomes are good
  • More in mainstream schools where they progress
  • More SEN statements completed within timescale
  • 9 out of 12 special schools judged outstanding or
  • Educational attainment varies but upward trend
  • More study in their own locality
  • Greater numbers accessing further education
  • Residential respite care units judged good

Teenage conceptions
  • Teenage conceptions a key priority with
    challenging future targets
  • Work targeted at vulnerable groups and areas of
    high rates
  • Improved access to contraceptive and sexual
    health services
  • Disseminated new Sex and Relationship Education
  • Increased participation in sexual health training
  • More actively-addressed link between raising
    aspirations and risk factors for teenage
  • Continued support for young parents

Teenage conceptions our impact
  • Under-18 conceptions below the national average
  • Rate reduced slightly after a year in which it
  • We are successfully targeting hot spot areas

14-19s provision
  • Strong partnership leading the 14-19 strategy
  • Colleges major strength
  • More choices available - improving access and
    wider curriculum
  • Good impartial information, advice and guidance
  • Good support to traveller community, LAC and LDD
  • Shared responsibility for NEET
  • Integrated Youth Support Strategy

14-19s our impact
  • Close to national averages for 5 A-C GCSE
    achievement and post-16 participation rates
  • More LAC sitting exams and gaining GCSEs
  • Increased proportion of young people achieving
    Level 2 and Level 3 at 19
  • More children with LDD accessing further
    education and achieving success
  • Most schools graded good for curriculum and all
    FE colleges good for equality of opportunity
  • Reduction in NEET

Norfolks JAR inspectors
  • Lead Inspector Marianne Ellender-Gelé
  • Deputy Lead Inspector Geoff Corre
  • One from Healthcare Commission
  • Plus six other inspectors
  • including 2 for LDD, 2 for 14-19s
  • Joint Corporate Assessment/JAR Inspector Ellis
  • Lead YOT inspector Steve Blackburn

Analysis week Fieldwork
JAR timetable of activity
  • Analysis week 11-13 June documents review and
    case files scrutiny
  • Start to form judgments and give us feedback
  • Decide what they want to look at more during
  • Confirm interviews, focus groups and visits
  • Fieldwork 30 June-13 July
  • Groups of parents, carers and young people,
  • Focus groups of frontline staff and professionals
    working with sample of cases
  • Interviews with managers and elected members
  • Visits to duty rooms, schools, pupil referral
    units and projects
  • Feedback to us their views of strengths and

Preparing for fieldwork
  • Duty rooms audited and prepared
  • Case files and questionnaires ready
  • Advice to help prepare staff for JAR
  • Information pack for anyone who may meet
  • Fieldwork timetable being drafted
  • This will be confirmed by inspectors after 13

How you can prepare yourself
  • Have a look at
  • CYP Plan and your Service Plan to pinpoint where
    your work contributes
  • JAR Position Statement and Review to see the big
  • APA judgement criteria to see how good services
    are judged
  • Your performance data so you know the latest
    position on the impact you are having on the
    lives of children and young people in Norfolk

When being interviewed
  • Give examples from your work which demonstrate
    outcomes for users
  • Dont assume the inspectors will know
  • Be ready to draw evidence to their attention
  • Be confident in the good work that you and your
    service provide
  • Dont be too nervous its not an exam!
  • Please dont give inspectors information directly
  • Send JAR team any additional documents requested
    by inspectors

How can you find out more?
  • Visit the Every Norfolk Child Matters website
  • Look at your intranet site
  • Contact JAR Team at County Hall, Room G16
  • Olivia Butler, 01603 222006 olivia.butler_at_norfolk.
  • Claire Lugg, 01603 638077 claire.lugg_at_norfolk.gov.
  • Karen Ellis, 01603 224294 karen.ellis_at_norfolk.gov.
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