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The Local Government (Best Value Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order 2001

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Article 4

SCHEDULE 3SOCIAL SERVICES INDICATORS

Indicator NumberDescription of indicatorDetails of indicators
NAWPI 3.1Stability of placements of children looked after by the best value authority by reference to the percentage of children looked after on the 31st March who had three or more placements during the financial year.

The numerator of the children defined in the denominator below means the number who had three or more separate placements (as defined by the Statistical Form SSDA903 collection) during the financial year ending 31 March. Include any placements that were already open on 1 April at the beginning of the year, and any which were open on 31 March at the end of the year. Include all placements regarded as “temporary”; the only exceptions being the following special cases: —

Temporary periods on holiday or in hospital, or other temporary absences of seven consecutive days or less, where the child then returned as planned to the previous placement.

The denominator means the total number of children who were looked after at 31 March. Exclude from the count any children who were looked after on that date under an agreed series of short- term placements (under the provisions of Regulation13 of the Arrangements for Placement of Children (General) Regulations 1991 S.I. 1991 No.890).

The numerator should be divided by the denominator and multiplied by 100 to obtain the percentage.

NAWPI 3.2Educational qualifications of children looked after by reference to the percentage of young people leaving care age 16 or over with at least one GCSE at Grade A* to G or General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ)

The numerator means the number of young people who on leaving care had obtained at least one GCSE at grade A*- G or GNVQ. Include qualifications gained before the young person was looked after or gained from examinations sat while the young person was looked after, even if the results were announced after the young person ceased to be looked after. Include GCSE short courses, part one or full GNVQs at either foundation or intermediate level, and GNVQ language units. Do not include National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

The denominator means the number of young people who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March at the age of 16 or over. Include all those in this age group leaving care regardless of how long they had been looked after before ceasing. But do not include young people who ceased after having been looked after during the year only under an agreed series of short term placements.The numerator should be divided by the denominator and multiplied by 100 to obtain the percentage.

NAWPI 3.3The percentage of young people in care on their 16th birthday who have a suitable plan for their continuing care

The numerator means the number of young people looked after by the best value authority in the financial year who on their 16th birthday had a written plan. Such plans are:

(a)

care plans for looked after children (see Regulation 3 of the Arrangements for Placement of Children (General) Regulations 1991 and the Guidance to the Children Act 1989 (1989 c. 41) Volume 3, and Volume 4, Chapter 2)

(b)

pathway plans for “eligible” children, i.e. children looked after aged 16-17 who have been looked after for more than 13 weeks cumulatively since the age of 14 (see paragraphs 19b(4) and (5) of Part II of Schedule 2 to the Childrens Act 1989).

The denominator: means the number of young people looked after by the best value authority who had their 16th birthday during the financial year.

The numerator should be divided by the denominator and multiplied by 100 to obtain the percentage.

NAWPI 3.4The percentage of first placements (for looked after children) beginning with a care plan in place

The number of first placements in the year which had a care plan, as defined for indicator 3.3, for the child at the start of the placement.

The denominator means the total number of first placements started in the year.

The numerator should be divided by the denominator and multiplied by 100 to obtain the percentage.

NAWPI 3.5Costs of services for children looked after by a best value authority by reference to gross weekly expenditure per looked after child in foster care or in a children’s home

The numerator means the gross expenditure on children looked after in foster care and children’s homes during the financial year. (Obtained from Revenue Outturn 3 return (RO3) lines 11 and 17. Gross expenditure is defined from RO3 as the sum of employee costs (column 1) and running costs including joint arrangements (column 2) minus other income including joint arrangements (column 5)).

The denominator means the total number of weeks which children spent in foster care and children’s homes during the financial year. Under children’s homes include community homes, voluntary homes and hostels and private registered children’s homes. Exclude from the count any placements that formed part of an agreed series of short term-placements (under the provisions of Regulation 13 of the Arrangement for Placement of Children (General) Regulations, 1991 (S.I. 1991 No.890)). The calculation is to be based on the total number of days of care divided by 7.

NAWPI 3.6Cost of residential or home care for adults by reference to gross cost per week

Average gross weekly cost of providing residential or home care for adults.

The numerator means the gross expenditure on residential and nursing care and home help/home care for all adult client groups including elderly people (£000's) during the financial year ending 31 March. This is obtained from Revenue Outturn 3 return (RO3) lines (32 to 34 + 38 + 48 to 50 + 54 + 64 to 66 + 70 + 84 to 86 + 90). Gross expenditure is defined from RO3 as the sum of employee costs (column 1) and running costs including joint arrangements (column 2) minus other income including joint arrangements (column 5).

The denominator means the total number of weeks all adult client groups including elderly people were supported in residential and nursing care plus the total number of weeks adult clients including elderly people received home care.

The average is obtained by dividing the numerator by the denominator.

Note: if the number of home care weeks for the year is not available a sample figure can be used, by multiplying the number of adults receiving home care in the last full week of September by 52.

NAWPI 3.7The rate of older people (aged 65 or above) helped to live at home per 1,000 of the best value authority population aged 65 or over

The numerator: People aged 65 or over helped to live at home.

Only clients who receive a package of care provided or commissioned by the authority following an assessment should be counted, not those who receive solely information or advice, an “open access” service without assessment, a vehicle badge, or are simply added to a register.

Referrals Assessments and Packages of case model (“RAP”) definition:

Form P2s sum of pages 3,5,7 row “Total of above” column “Total of clients”.

Annual Enquiry on Social Services (“AS”) definition:

Form AS2 row 2.1 sum of three age band columns for people aged 65 and over.

The denominator: Population of the best value authority aged 65 or over (000's).

NAWPI 3.8The rate of delayed transfers of care for social care reasons per 1000 population aged 75 or over.

The numerator: The total for the year of the monthly numbers of residents of the best value authority experiencing a delayed transfer of care on the monthly census date due to reasons included in categories 1 and 2 (Delayed for Social Care Reasons) in best value authority validated NHS Trust reports to the National Assembly for Wales.

The denominator: Population of the best value authority aged 75 or over (000's).

NAWPI 3.9The percentage of adult clients receiving a written statement of their needs and how they will be met.

The percentage of clients aged 18 or over assessed or reviewed in the financial year who have received a copy of their care plan. RAP definition:

The numerator: 100 * the sum of the two boxes “number of clients or carers given or offered a copy of their care plan” for assessments and reviews on form A3.

The denominator: the sum of the two boxes “Total number of clients for whom a new or revised care plan was produced” for assessments and reviews on form A3.

NAWPI 3.10The rate of assessments of people aged 65 and over per 1000 population aged 65 or over.

The numerator: Total number of clients aged 65 or over with assessments which were completed or terminated in the financial year. Exclude clients whose assessment is still on going on 31st March, who will be counted in the following year.

RAP definition: Form A1 pages 1 and 2 total of clients aged 65 or over.

AS definition:The total number of clients for whom assessments were counted on form AS1 (Quarterly Enquiry on Social Services) row 1.1, column 6.

The denominator: Population of the best value authority aged 65 or over (000's)

NAWPI 3.11The number of nights of respite care provided or funded by the best value authority per 1,000 population aged 18 or over.

The numerator: The number of nights of respite care provided for clients aged over 18. Respite care is short-term overnight care whereby adults assessed as being in need of care, who are normally dependent on other members of their household for at least some aspects of their personal care and support, are cared for in their own home by a substitute carer or in a place other than their own home. The period of care should cover at least one night. If for any client the period of care exceeds 3 months, include them in the count, but specify the number of clients involved in a note.

The denominator: Population of the best value authority.

RAP definition:

Include nights of respite care provided to clients counted on the following return:

Form P2f sum of pages 1 and 3 row “Total of above” column “Overnight respite care – clients home” plus column “Overnight respite care – not clients home”.

NAWPI 3.12The percentage of children on the child protection register (“CPR”) whose cases were reviewed

This is to be calculated using the expression (A/B) * 100 where:

A

=

Children on the Child Protection Register (“CPR”) at the end of the financial year, have been on the CPR for at least the previous 6 months, and whose case has been reviewed at least every six months.

B

=

Children on the CPR at the end of the financial year for at least the previous 6 months.

A review means considering the child safety, health and development against the intended outcome set out in the child protection plan and should be recorded in writing.

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