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Bradford Looked After Children Placements

Bradford Looked After Children Placements

Alder Advice are undertaking two disiinct pieces of research to help Bradford better understand what is driving the increasing demand for and cost for placements for Looked After Children:

1. A market analysis - This aims to establish strengths in the current market, gaps in the market, the structure, and capacity of the market to understand how well the local market can meet current and likely future demand for placements for Looked After Children and the value for money of those placements. This involves:

 - Extensive engagement with stakeholders including social workers, commissioners, and providers.

 - A review of commissioning and other strategy papers and performance data.

 - An analysis of a snapshot of placements

2. A case file review - This aims to understand professional social work practice including the approach to risk etc. The aim is to assess links between these and the number of and the cost of placements for Looked After Children.

The case file review is also seeking to understand how local market factors may be affecting the options available to social workers when planning how to best meet the needs of children and young people with complex support needs.

Taken together the aim of the two research projects is to help Bradford better understand the complex range of issues that are driving demand for placements for Looked After Children up as having this understanding if key if effective demand management plans are to be formed and implemented.