An OFSTED report on Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s children’s services gave the authority an overall ”good” rating, but their care leaver services received an “outstanding” grade.
Inspectors praised a project designed to improve care leaver support – the New Belongings project, designed by the Care Leavers’ Foundation – as one of the factors behind the overall quality of care leaver services.
They said “Care leavers receive an exceptionally high-quality service from the local authority and partner agencies, which has been sustained over time and has delivered many benefits for care leavers. Progression to a ‘gold standard’ service has been due in part to the opportunity seized by senior managers to participate in the national New Belongings project.”
The project was initially piloted in nine councils between March 2013 and October 2014 and has three central elements: a survey of all care leavers locally to get their views of services; an assessment of how the care leavers' charter is being used to shape services; and finding ways to improve links between local communities and care leavers.