Council achieves LILAC standards

Published on: Tuesday, 30-September-2014

Support for looked after children in Knowsley was put under the spotlight in an assessment carried out by people with personal experience of the care system.

Knowsley Council invited A National Voice to undertake an assessment of the council against its LILAC standards (Leading Improvements for Looked After Children). There are seven standards which have been developed nationally by people with experience in the care system to ensure that services provided by local authorities match the needs of the young people being looked after.

The assessment found that Knowsley Council successfully met the criteria for six the LILAC standards, an endorsement of the quality of participation amongst the council’s looked after children.

A National Voice concluded that the council has successfully achieved the standards in shared values, style of leadership, structures, recruitment and selection, care planning and review, care planning and advocacy. 

The seventh standard, relating to staff induction and appraisal systems, will be assessed in two years. The council is working towards this with help from the Making a Difference Everywhere (MADE) group – a group children and young people, aged 8-19 years, who are looked after.  MADE meet regularly to make positive changes for young people in care and as they leave care.

Run by A National Voice, the LILAC standards aim to draws upon the experiences and expertise of care–experienced young people to improve the policy and practice of agencies in how they involve and consult with children in care and care leavers.  It does this by using a framework of quality standards for involvement which has been developed by care–experienced young people.  Young people from care are trained to assess the performance of agencies against the LILAC standards. Young people carried out the assessment against a number of criteria, which included interviews with young people and staff. 

Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is particularly rewarding given care-experienced young people have carried out the assessment as well as developing the standards. 

“It demonstrates that our participation service with our young people is valued and we will continue to work with our young people to maintain and develop our participation service further.”