Vulnerable adults and children feel safe and are protected

Are we achieving our targets?

Green – 4; Amber – 3; Red – 8; M – 3

Are we getting better?

5

Improved performance

6

Stayed the same

5

Requires improvement

2

Further information is needed or the latest measure is unavailable

2019/20 Q2

  • The proportion of referrals to children’s social care within 12 months of a previous referral showed a steady improvement from April to October and performance was better than the English, North West and statistical neighbour averages.
  • The proportion of children sustainably stepping down from Children’s social care services was particularly positive and was performing at the highest level it’s been at in the last four years. The stability of Children in Care placements was also performing better than target.
  • The proportion of children who became subject of a child protection plan for a second or subsequent time fluctuated over time but has been performing at or better than target for some time. It should be noted that Cheshire West and Chester performance was also consistently better than the English, North West and statistical neighbour averages.
  • The rate of looked after children per 10,000 population continued to fluctuate around 73. This remains lower than the target and lower than the average for statistical neighbours. However, whilst the overall numbers remained high, the number of children entering care has fallen by 38% over the last two years.

2019/20 Q3

  • Two registered care homes that were previously rated as either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission improved and had this reflected in their rating.
  • The proportion of children prevented from becoming looked after improved significantly, jumping from 58% at mid-year to 73.5% at third review although this remains slightly below the 77% target.
  • The proportion of front door decisions made within one working day increased from 59.9% to 64.4% against a target of 85%. This reflected high numbers of contacts over a sustained period. Priority was given to cases that required a referral to ensure children were safeguarded and there is an expectation that all contacts will have received management oversight within 1 working day of being received.
  • The rate of looked after children per 10,000 remained worse than target and continued to fluctuate, declining slightly on the mid-year position but being better than at first review.