Variety of West Dunbartonshire teenagers reaching ‘optimistic locations’ after care drops

The variety of youngsters reaching “optimistic locations” by way of larger schooling, coaching and employment as soon as they’re out of the care system has dropped, in line with stories.

An audit and performance paper offered to the West Dunbartonshire Well being and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) exhibits that solely 50% of 16 and 17 12 months olds within the final monetary quarter had gone on to attend larger schooling programs or coaching alternatives “on the level of leaving care”.

The variety of “positive destinations” reached was 100% within the earlier two quarters for 2022/23 and 100% in quarters one to 3 in 2021/22. There have been no younger folks aged 16 or 17 left in take care of quarter 4 in 2021/22.

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Council chief Martin Rooney stated: “I used to be fairly shocked to see the drop. The desk within the report exhibits how stark it’s.

“It appears odd that we’ve got gone from 100% to 50% as we’ve got commented on this very positively previously about how effectively we actually do in supporting our younger folks.

“I don’t actually perceive why we’re monitoring this in quarters.”

The report additionally confirmed that the HSCP throughcare and aftercare service will proceed to assist care skilled younger folks to entry schooling, employment and coaching alongside a variety of assist in relation to housing, funds and growing confidence and life abilities.

HSCP officer Lesley Rousselet stated: “I feel we’ve got demonstrated a reasonably excessive efficiency by way of this measure. I do assume by way of additional evaluation we’re speaking small numbers from one quarter to the subsequent.

“Arguably it begins to develop into a wee bit much less significant whenever you take a look at it on a 3 month foundation. I’m comfortable to report on the numbers moderately than the share to offer extra of a way of what we’re taking a look at right here.”


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