No work or school for teens leaving care – The Voice

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Almost half of teenagers leaving local authority care in Lincolnshire are not in education, employment or training, county council members have heard.

A report to committee members says 53.1% of county care leavers found a role in one of three options.

“This metric remains below target but is slowly improving, despite fluctuations.

“The care service continues to monitor each young person who is not in EET,” the report adds.

The county’s corporate parent panel, which met last Monday (July 7), discussed the latest statistics.

A survey was conducted of every non-EET care leaver and the main barriers reported were poor mental health, lack of skills and substance abuse issues. The service has appointed an Aspiration Worker who focuses on supporting young people into employment.

A new Wellbeing Worker role is also being created to help the situation.

“Further work is underway to fully understand the lived experiences of these young people in EET and fully understand why they are in EET and develop individual plans,” the committee members said.

Members were also informed of the number of 16 and 17 year olds in care who are participating in the apprenticeship.

“This quarter’s performance is 4% below the lower target tolerance for this performance indicator. All of our 16 and 17 year olds are supported by the Virtual School through the Personalized Education Planning (PEP) process.

“This brings together social workers, carers and providers to focus on educational needs and ensures that our young people are appropriately supported while participating in learning,” the report adds.

The same report also showed that the percentage of children in care who received an up-to-date dental check-up continues to be below the target of 95%.

The figure rose to 71.5% from 65.1% in the previous quarter.

“Access to NHS dentistry is a national issue and the availability of dentists across the county continues to impact our ability to ensure that all children in care receive regular check-ups,” the report said.

The number of children supported with up-to-date routine vaccinations is 76.2%, with the majority of those who are overdue being adolescent boosters usually done at school.

The county is ahead of target in terms of children in care living in a family environment and the time between placement of a child and matching with an adoptive family.

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