The target for 2014/15 (annual measure) for the percentage of children looked after on 31 March who have had three or more placements during the year was 9.5% (lower is better). Conwy’s actual performance for 2015/16 was 10.6%, as 18 children out of a total of 170, had moved placement twice or more during the year.
Stability of placements is quantified through the performance indicator SCC/004 “The percentage of children looked after on 31 March who have had three or more placements during the year.” The target is 9.5%. (Lower is better).
Conwy’s actual performance for 2014/15 was 11.4%, as 18 children out of a total of 158, had moved placement twice or more during the year.
For 2015/16, performance improved to 10.6%, (18 children out of 170).
Some of the placement moves which have counted against us for the purposes of the indicator are; between Residential Placements and Secure Units, rehabilitation plans back to parents or friends/family, bringing children back into “in-house” Foster Care, and moves from high-cost residential placements to Glan yr Afon; all of which were deemed to be in the child’s best interests.
Detailed analysis of 2015/16 data reveals a large number of young people with high level and complex needs. The majority of children in care in Conwy have stable placements. Of the 138 children in Foster Care placements in 2014/15, 113 remained in the same placement throughout the entire year, 20 had one placement move, and 4 had two placement moves. Only 1 had three moves.
A ‘Placement Strategy 2015-18’ has been developed which includes recommendations to monitor placement moves and breakdowns in a more robust and analytical manner. The data will be reviewed on a regular basis with additional qualitative data to be provided by Team Managers as to why moves have taken place.
 This excludes those in Kinship care. A kinship carer is an adult who is looking after the child or children of a relative or friend on a full time basis.