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ERIC Number: ED501865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
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The Role of the Lead Member for Children's Services: A Summary
National Foundation for Educational Research
The Local Government Association (LGA) initially commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to explore: (1) whether Lead Members for Children's Services (LMCS) have sufficient information and support to carry out their role effectively, especially in relation to their corporate parenting role; (2) LMCSs' personal knowledge of the educational attainment of children in public care (CiPC); (3) their awareness of issues affecting CiPC; (4) time spent on the corporate parenting role; and (5) engaging wider membership and support for the corporate parenting role. Further work was then undertaken to explore the overall role of the LMCS in more detail, including the manageability of the role; arrangements for continuity; and support and training issues. The research consisted of three phases: (1) an audit of the role of the Lead Member for Children's Services as corporate parent via the completion of a proforma (March-April 2007). A total of 169 proformas were sent to Lead Members in 151 LAs, and 74 were returned; a response rate of 44 percent of Lead Members and 49 percent of local authorities in England; (2) telephone interviews with 32 Lead Members for Children's Services to explore the wider remit of the role (May-July 2007); and (3) case studies in five local authorities to explore the LMCS role in greater depth (including a focus on good practice relating to various aspects of the role) (August-October 2007). This involved telephone interviews with LMCS, DCS and a range of other professionals and partners working and interacting with the LMCS. This summary includes three of the case-studies. [This project was funded by the Local Government Association, Education and Children's Services Research Programme.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)