Review of sufficiency strategies in London

Suh, Ellie and Holmes, Lisa (2022) Review of sufficiency strategies in London. Working Paper. Rees Centre, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

Under the Children Act 1989 section 22G, local authorities have the duty to provide accommodation and support for looked after children in their local authority area as far as reasonably practicable. This is referred to as ‘sufficiency duty’; each authority communicates how it intends to meet this duty by issuing a publicly available sufficiency strategy.

In recent years, there has been increased demand for children’s services nationwide, and London authorities are experiencing a similar pattern. The demographics of children and young people requiring the support continues to evolve, and their needs have become more complex. However, suitable accommodation for London’s looked after children, children’s homes in particular, has been in short supply. The cost pressure is increasing, as the spending on children’s services in London is expected to escalate from £1.8 billion in 2018/19. Also, the concerns regarding the use of unregulated placements and quality of provisions add another layer of complexity to the sufficiency duty of London authorities.

On this premise, this report provides an analysis of 33 London authorities’ sufficiency strategies which aims to assess sustainability initiatives across London boroughs and to inform the development of a collaborative approach. The study utilised the 31 sufficiency strategy documents issued by London authorities, four of which formed two bi-boroughs.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 13:14
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2022 13:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/104793

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