Families, Children & Learning Annual Report

Every year, we produce an annual report about our Families, Children and Learning services and how we support people across Brighton & Hove.

 “I am proud of the work and achievements of the last year, from maintaining high education standards through to increasing our support for care leavers – taking our roles as corporate parents seriously.” - Pinaki Ghoshal, Executive Director for Families, Children & Learning

Committed to supporting families and children across the city

Most families in the city will have some interaction with our services, even if they have not realised it. From children in early years and going to school, we have supported many people including adults with learning disabilities. Here are just some of the statistics:

  • 2,135 children attended our children’s centres and nurseries
  • 5,432 children received SEND support in maintained schools
  • 1,985 children supported by social work to be safe
  • 2,443 young people benefited from youth services we deliver or commission
  • 19 adults supported into more independent living

 “Over the coming year I am working closely with services that support young people in the city, ensuring their voice is heard and their needs are met.” – Daniel Chapman, Chair of Children, Young People & Skills Committee

Performing well

Over the past year, we have made great progress across a number of areas in Families, Children and Learning including:

  • 93% of the city’s schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted (with no inadequate schools since 2013)
  • 26% less children coming into care
  • more in-house foster carers to ensure children in care get better coordinated support
  • 100 apprentices working in the council (including adults with learning disabilities)

 “I am looking forward to ensuring the council improves the experiences for adults with learning disabilities even further.” – Councillor Clare Moonan, Lead Member for Adult Social Care

Improving services and listening to feedback

We have made progress, but we still face a number of challenges including:

  • a reducing budget and increasing demand in some areas
  • working to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged young people
  • improving the emotional wellbeing of young people
  • ensuring there are the right numbers of school places across the city

We would like to thank everyone who shares their feedback and thanks for the work we do. We continue to listen and act on feedback to improve our services.

Our future plans: ensure no one is left behind

Our work over the next few years is to ensure no one is left behind. In 2018/19, we’ll be focusing on:

  • taking a whole family approach to create a city for all
  • supporting safe and stable family lives
  • promoting independence, learning and resilience for all disadvantaged families and service users
  • providing access to high quality and appropriate childcare, school and education provision
  • improving our services to be efficient and effective

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