For many years now partner organisations in Merton’s Children’s Trust have planned together, set joint priorities and agreed actions which have improved life chances for Merton’s children and young people. This plan sets out the work that we will continue to undertake to further develop our partnership practice across agencies, to increase integration of services where it makes sense to do so, and to strengthen joint accountability for improving outcomes for local young people.
As part of our continuous improvement approach the Board identified some key development priorities for 2016/17 which have been rolled forward to 2017/18. These link with our business as usual work plan undertaken by the MSCB and its sub groups. Alongside these priorities we are also keen to embed Neglect as a cross cutting theme throughout our work. The Board continues to seek to improve its links to practitioners and their managers as part of our quality assurance processes to inform service improvement and development as well as maintaining our strong focus on the Voice of the Child/Young person.
In its role as Corporate Parent Merton Council wants to achieve the same good outcomes for our looked after children as any parent would wish for their children. We want out looked after children to have similar opportunities and chances in life to that of children growing up in their own families.
We have a longstanding approach to preventing children becoming looked after. When children do need to come into care we seek to ensure that care proceedings are timely and our care plans appropriately safeguard children and support decisions around permanency which are in the best interest of each child.