As defined under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989, “children in need” are a category of children who are deemed to require assistance from a local authority due to risks to their development or health, or children who are disabled. The poor “outcomes” mentioned in this policy refer to educational outcomes, which are usually measured in terms of progress and attainment of pupils at school. This policy promises to review support for children in need and understand what might be done to improve those outcomes.
In March 2018, the government announced that it was reviewing support for children in need in order to learn more about appropriate practices to foster their success.
The review process has involved:
- a call for evidence
- publication of data and analysis
- a literature review
- extensive visits and consultations with stakeholders
In December 2018, the interim findings of the review were published, outlining key points for action and next steps.
A second data analysis report was also published in December 2018 to “develop a stronger evidence base and understanding of what makes a difference to the educational outcomes”.
The government says the final part of the review will:
“consider what more government can do to incentivise, equip and support practitioners to realise the change we want to see.”
The promised review is well under way and a plan is in place for its completion. This is definitely ‘in progress’ and when the final review report is published we will be able to move this status to ‘done’. Follow this policy to stay up to date.
Review the facts
- Children Act 1989 – Gov.uk
- Improving the educational outcomes of children and young people in need of support and protection :Written statement – HCWS555 – Parliament.uk
- Review of children in need – Gov.uk
- Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need of help and protection: Interim findings – Gov.uk
- Children in Need of help and protection: Preliminary longitudinal analysis – Gov.uk