The Placement Strategy | Oxfordshire County Council

The Placement Strategy

Information about the placement strategy for children in and on the edge of care.

The Placement Strategy for Children in and on the edge of care is based on the fundamental principle of ‘keeping our riskiest and most vulnerable children closest". Some children will require very specialist placements out of county but for the large majority we need to be able to place, educate, and provide therapeutic support within Oxfordshire.

Whilst improving outcomes is Oxfordshire County Council's primary concern an important driver is also recognizing that high quality saves and poor quality costs in terms of expenditure on our looked after children.

The Placement Strategy sets out how Oxfordshire County Council along with key partners will strengthen edge of care interventions to keep children with their families, support friends and family care arrangements, increase in-house fostering for harder to place children and build on the work that has been so successful in achieving permanency for many of our looked after children.

The two attached papers cover both the increase in residential capacity so that the county council has greater control over the residential pathway and the campaign to make Oxfordshire the most fostering friendly county in the country.

Last reviewed
08 March 2016
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