People strategies and policies
- Health and Wellbeing Strategy
- Welcome Strategy
- Young People at Risk Strategy
- Violence against Women and Girls Strategy
- Looked After Children Sufficiency Strategy
- Care Leavers Strategy
- Haringey Accessibility Strategy
- Joint Commissioning Strategy for SEND
- Community Strategy
The Looked After Children (LAC) Sufficiency Strategy sets out how we will meet our statutory duty to ensure that there is sufficient accommodation for looked after children in the borough that meets their needs and improves their outcomes.
The core outcome of the Strategy is:
Children and young people in care live in stable, high quality settings, where their needs can be met and their outcomes improved, enabling them to return home where this is in their best interests.
The Sufficiency Strategy 2018-2021 has been developed to ensure that placements for looked after children and care leavers commissioned by the council can respond to their needs and help to improve their outcomes.
This strategy sets out the actions that will be taken over the next three years to influence and improve the availability, quality and value for money of placements commissioned.
Our vision is for Haringey to be a borough that supports young people who have been in care to make successful transitions to adulthood and to achieve positive outcomes.
A coherent local response to addressing the needs of this vulnerable group of young adults from an earlier stage has the potential to improve their life chances and make best use of resources in local services. The outcomes that this Strategy seeks to achieve include:
- Improved planning and coordination of support
- Earlier move-on to independent living
- Reduced tenancy breakdown and debt
- More sustained employment, education and training
- Increased participation in volunteering and community activities
- Reduced demand on other services, including health, criminal justice and welfare
Care leavers share many of the same challenges as other young people and aspire to many of the same goals in life. We aim to be a borough that enables and encourages young people in their situation to make positive choices and take confident steps towards adulthood.
The Care Leavers Strategy sets out six priorities:
- Raising awareness of ‘corporate parenting’ and working together for care leavers
- Starting to help children in care prepare for independence from an earlier stage of their journey
- Improving access to services for young adults up to 25
- Making care leavers feel part of our communities
- Helping care leavers to gain skills and get into work
- Staying in touch with our care leavers and celebrating their success
Our vision is for all children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 to have access to high quality local provision that meets their needs; and for schools, early years settings, colleges, services, families and the local authority to work together to support children and young people to make good progress and achieve outcomes that prepare them for adulthood.
Haringey is committed to:
- A person-centred, joined up approach to identifying and meeting the needs of children, young people and their families
- Increased engagement and participation of young people and families so that they have greater choice and control, are listened to and their concerns are resolved swiftly
- A published local offer of support, services and provision, how to access it and how to raise concerns or seek redress
- The use of effective practice, data and wider intelligence and independent assessment to drive improvement
- Clearly defined and understood roles and responsibilities
- Increased integration of services and joint commissioning across the Local Authority and Health
The Accessibility Strategy complements the Joint Commissioning Strategy for SEND (see below) and helps to turn the vision for the education of children and young people with SEND into reality. It is part of the council’s overall enablement and access strategy.
The key aims of the Accessibility Strategy are:
- To enable all pupils, whatever their needs, to have access to the full range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. This includes access to a range of respite and support to meet their needs, and support to access hobbies of their interest
- To improve the physical environment of schools to ensure, wherever possible, that accessibility is not a barrier to preventing pupils from attending their local schools
- To ensure that Children and Young People have full access to the curriculum, and teaching and communication strategies are modified and differentiated to ensure that this can happen
- To ensure that information provided by a school is made available to pupils and parents with disabilities, using alternative formats where required
- To ensure that admissions processes to schools and other education providers are fair and enable pupils with SEND to access high quality provision that meets their needs (see the SEN Admissions policy)
This Strategy is essential to ensure equality of opportunity, participation in society, access to employment opportunities and inclusion within mainstream and specialist education settings.
The Child and Families Act 2014 included Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms, which place a duty on agencies to work together across education, health and care for joint outcomes. Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) must make joint commissioning arrangements for education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities. Both the Council and the CCG face financial challenges which mean it is increasingly important to work closely together for Haringey families.
The Joint Commissioning Strategy for SEND 2017-19 sets out how the Council and Haringey CCG will ensure a comprehensive offer of support that is accessible in the local community, provide support at the earliest opportunity, and work together with individuals and families. The Strategy is founded on the principles of fairness and equality and seeks to promote inclusion and equal opportunities.
The purpose of the Community Strategy is for the Council and partners to engage differently and more fully with communities to build a new partnership with residents at a significant moment of change, challenge and opportunity. The Community Strategy is a positive strategy for achieving outcomes in a different way. It is through working with communities that we feel we are best placed to make the marked change in outcomes which we know the borough needs.
We believe communities are often best placed to solve the issues facing them with the right framework of support and facilitation. We recognise that a future where people are equipped to act more on their own initiative and effect change in their local communities can only be achieved by changes in behaviours and culture over time. We want to start by giving people the information, tools and confidence so that they can make positive change in their local communities with intervention from the Council when needed.
Our strategic objectives are:
- Increase community participation by providing opportunities to connect people to their communities
- Deliver open and customer-led services that enable residents to participate in their design and delivery
- Increase independence and self-reliance within communities
- Facilitate positive community conversations enabling residents to make socially responsible and sustainable choices
- Become an engaging, collaborative organisation that creates the culture where communities are confident to lead positive change and have a ‘can do’ approach to problem solving
Read the Community Strategy (PDF, 462KB).