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Review of outcomes for children in need in Wales to be published in February

Chief Inspector’s report finds variation in outcomes for children in need in Wales

The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales is undertaking a review of outcomes for children in need, to investigate the interventions and services that are successful in keeping children from being looked after, and how those children can achieve positive outcomes in health and education. The published report of the review will provide an overview of services across Wales, to inform policy development and to promote best practice. The report will be published in February 2013.

Meanwhile the Chief Inspector has published her annual report for 2011-2012. The report finds that local authorities are succeeding in halting and turning around the disadvantages that children have when entering the looked after system. However, it says that if the aim is to keep children with their families a concerted effort is needed to address the educational and other disadvantages that children in need experience.

The Chief Inspector states that authorities need to further improve their performance in respect of reviews for child in need plans. Inspection activity suggests that the quality of the outcomes is very varied across Wales.