Children's improvement plan for Leicester city

We're working with partners to make improvements needed to ensure the best possible care and support is given to children who need it most.

Further information

Background to the improvement plan

In March 2015, Ofsted inspectors judged Leicester City’s services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers as inadequate.

Their review of the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) was also described as inadequate. The inspection was carried out between 14 January and 4 February, 2015, and the council was issued with an improvement plan by the Children’s Minister in August 2015.

The role of the Children’s Improvement Board

The Leicester City Children’s Improvement Board (LCCIB) was established in April 2015 and is independently chaired by Tony Crane, specialist Children Services Improvement Advisor for the DfE.

The LCCIB comprises the local authority and partners at a senior level from a range of agencies involved in helping and protecting children, young people and families in Leicester and during summer 2017, arrangements are being put in place to transition work of the LCCIB to the LSCB.

Next steps

The LCCIB has worked with an improvement plan first submitted to Ofsted in June 2015. Progress is monitored monthly as part of the process. Since April 2016, 12 week action plans introduced by the Improvement Board have identified key areas to accelerate progress. A refreshed improvement plan, approved by LCCIB in March 2017 (and downloadable from this site), moves into the area of consolidating progress, strengthening and embedding practice.

Get more information

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