Published in December 2007, The Children’s Plan has set high expectations for Children’s Trusts to: deliver measurable improvements for all children and young people; have in place by 2010 consistent, high quality arrangements to provide identification; and provide early intervention for all children and young people who need additional help. The Children’s Plan calls on all children’s services to be “more ambitious about improving outcomes for children and young people”
The Children’s Plan takes Every Child Matters implementation forward to 2011 and beyond Children’s Plan 2020 goals Every Child Matters Outcomes and Aims Enhance well-being particularly at transition points. Improve child health, and reduce proportion of obese/ overweight children Parents satisfied with the information & support. Children ready for schools & 90% developing well at Foundation stage Every child ready for secondary school (90% achieving in maths and English) by age 11 Every young person ready for adulthood ( 90% 5 GCSEs by 17 & 90% 2 A-level by 19) All young people participating in positive activities. Significantly reduced number of young offenders by 2020 Child poverty halved by 2010 and eradicated by 2020 Employers satisfied with young people’s readiness for work Stay SafeEnjoy and Achieve Make a Positive Contribution Achieve Economic Well-being Be Healthy Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence & sexual exploitation Ready for school Engage in decision making and support the community & environment Engage in further education, employment or training on leaving school Physically healthy Safe from accidental injury & death Attend & enjoy school Engage in law-abiding & positive behaviour in and out of school Ready for employment Mentally & emotionally healthy Safe from bullying & discrimination Achieve stretching national educational standards at primary school Develop positive relationships and choose not to bully & discriminate Live in decent homes & sustainable communities Sexually healthy Safe from crime & anti-social behaviour in and out of school Achieve personal & social development & enjoy recreation Develop self-confidence & successfully deal with significant life changes & challenges Access to transport & material goods Healthy lifestyles Have security, stability and are cared for Achieve stretching national educational standards at secondary school Develop enterprising behaviour Live in households free from low income Choose not to take illegal drugs
Like other government targets, these are cascaded to local level through Public Service Agreements (PSAs), Departmental Strategic Objectives (DSOs) and National Indicators (NIs) Examples of National Indicators Stay SafeEnjoy and Achieve Make a Positive Contribution Be Healthy PSA 12 - Improve the health and well–being of children and young people PSA 13 - Improve the safety of children and young people PSA 10 - Raise the educational achievement of all children and young People PSA 11 - Narrow the gap in educational achievement between disadvantages children and their peers PSA 14 - Increase the number of children and young people on the path of success Achieve Economic Well-being PSA 25 - Reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs PSA21 - Build more cohesive, empowered and active communities PSA 2 - Improve the skills of the population PSA 9 - Halve the number of children in poverty by 2010 and eradicated by 2020 DSO1 - Secure the well- being and health of children and young people DSO 2 - Safeguard the young and vulnerable DSO 4 - Achieve world class education standards and narrow the achievement gap DSO 5 - Young people participating and achieving potential DSO 6- Young people on the path to success Examples of the 16 statutory targets for education and early years NI 50 - Emotional health and well-being: children and young people user perception NI 56 - obesity among primary school age children in year 6. NI 112- under 18 conception rate NI 69 - percentage of children who have experienced bullying NI 111 - Reduce number of first time entrants to the criminal justice system PSA 13 – Preventable child deaths NI 75- Proportion of pupils achieving 5 or more A-C GCSEs including English & maths NI 87 - Secondary school persistent absence rate NI 102- Achievement gap between FSM pupils & peers at Key Stages 2 & 4 NI 85 - Post-16 participation in physical sciences ( A-level) NI 90 - Take up of 14-19 learning diplomas NI 110 - More participation in positive activities NI 117 - 16-18 years old who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) Cross government PSA or indicator led by DCSF Examples of PSA / indicators led by another dept, where DCSF is working closely to ensure impact of C & YP DCSF DSOs PSA 2 - Improve the skills of the population
The New Local Performance Framework The Local Government White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities, published in October 2006 reforms the relationship between central Government and local government and its partners through a new, more streamlined, local performance framework. There are five key elements to the new framework: A National Indicator Set (NIS) of 198 outcome focussed indicators for local government to deliver (alone or in partnership), replacing all existing indicator sets including PAF and BVPIs, New, statutory Local Area Agreements (LAAs) to set out how local and national priorities will be delivered. Each LAA will contain ’up to 35’ targets agreed with Government, drawn from the NIS, A new risk-based monitoring system – Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) – to replace existing inspection regime (CPA, JARs, APA) from 2009-10, Support and challenge for LAs and partners, established by the new National Improvement & Efficiency Strategy (NIES), More funding freedoms – many grants paid on an un-ring fenced basis through Formula Grant or the new Area Based Grant. There will be a strong presumption against ring fenced grants.
8 8 National Indicator Target categories The NI targets are grouped into seven blocks:- – Stronger Communities (NI 1 to NI 14) – Safer Communities (NI 15 to NI 49) – Children and Young People (C&YP) (NI 50 to NI 118) – organised by the ECM 5 key outcomes – Adult health and wellbeing (NI 119 to NI 139) – Tackling exclusion and promoting equality (NI 140 to NI 150) – Local economy (NI 151 to NI 184) – Environmental sustainability (NI 185 to NI 198) Local authorities do however publish and organise the targets to give priority to their own local initiatives or themes e.g. child poverty. Targets may therefore be categorised under these themes, as there is no requirement to use the blocks above.
Museums libraries and archives offer… Museums End of term school trips Learning about history: dressing as Victorians Not much beyond the curriculum Libraries Every school has one CYP can access information to help with homework Archives Dry and dusty records Old documents not relevant to today
Or do they? Every Child Matters Outcomes and Aims Stay SafeEnjoy and Achieve Make a Positive Contribution Achieve Economic Well-being Be Healthy Libraries: safe, neutral environments Libraries: summer reading challenge- bridging the fall in attainment Museums: young volunteers M, L and A: work placements and volunteer opportunities Museums: what do other cultures and nationalities eat? Archives: non- judgemental spaces Libraries: wriggly readers pre-school sessions Libraries: join a peer-led reading group Libraries: free access to the internet and career information Libraries: find out about local opportunities to join clubs, try new activities Museums: often free, open to all Museums: self- directed learning about many subjects and topics M, L, A: meet lots of different people from across the community M, L, A: creative inspiration and new ideas Archives: learn about yourself, where you come from, your identity
How are Local Authority decisions made about investment and targets?
Children's Trusts and the Children and Young People's Plans The local Children's Trust oversees the strategic coordination and overarching strategy for improving the five Every Child Matters outcomes for children, young people and their families The Children’s Trust, through the engagement of partners, agrees how the whole pattern of local services best fits together to meet local need. It will drive the process of identifying improvement priorities for children and young people and feed these into the wider Local Strategic Partnership which will negotiate Local Area Agreement (LAA) priorities and improvement targets with central Government (through Government Offices).
Culture in Local Area Agreements NI 1 Cohesion NI 6 Participation in Volunteering NI 7 Environment for a thriving 3 rd Sector NI 8 Adult Participation in Sport NI 9 Use of Public Libraries NI 10 Visits to Museums or Galleries NI 11 Engagement in the Arts NI 57 Children and Young People’s Participation in high quality PE/ Sport NI 110 Young People’s participation in positive activities
Culture in LAAs: a regional picture NI 1 Cohesion Leicester, Nottingham NI 6 Volunteering Derby, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northants NI 7 Thriving 3 rd Sector Derbyshire, Northants, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NI 8 Adult Participation in Sport All but Leicester (under NI1) NI 9 Use of Public Libraries Derby, Derbyshire, Northants, Rutland NI 10 Visits to Museums/ Galleries Rutland NI 11 Engagement in the Arts Lincolnshire, Northants, Rutland NI 57 CYP PE/ Sport Derby, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland NI 110 YP positive activities Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland
Culture in LAAs: a national picture Out of 150 local authorities in England NI 9 Use of Public LibrariesTen selected (EM= 4) NI 10 Visits to Museums/ GalleriesTwo selected (EM= 1) NI 11 Engagement in the Arts24 selected (EM= 3) NI 57 CYP PE/ Sport80 selected (EM= 8) NI 110 YP positive activities 77 selected (EM= 6) Useful website: www.idea.gov.uk
But what about these? Selected by at least seven of our local authorities NI 1 % of people who believe people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area NI 117 16-18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training NI 56 Obesity in primary school aged children in year 6 NI 112 Under 18 conception rate How can museums, libraries and archives contribute?
“Fasten your seat belts, the turbulence has scarcely begun… …we are facing an explosion of societal diversity and complexity hundreds of times greater than we now experience or can yet imagine. If we think to perpetuate the old ways, we should try to recall the last time evolution rang our number to consent”
The 21st Century opportunity? CYPs and MLAs working in partnership to make it happen