Children Looked After

The Children Looked After Benchmarking Club is aimed at finance managers, service managers and commissioners. This essential tool for managing the cost of your authority's looked after children is relied upon by around half of all English authorities.

The core of the benchmarking exercise looks at the costs of your authority’s looked after children, split by residential/foster and internal/external provision.

To help managers further, additional cost, performance and quality comparisons are also drawn.

What do you get? 

Join and you'll benefit from:

  • clearly defined and well-presented questionnaires
  • helpline and email service
  • detailed comparative reports
  • club database, interactive report, collated text questions
  • access to review meetings.

Lincolnshire County Council case study

For the past eight years, CIPFA’s Social Care Benchmarking Looked After Children (LAC) club have enabled Lincolnshire County Council to understand, plan and execute improved service provision as well as helping the Children’s Services team demonstrate value for money. The depth of information available within the benchmarking reports has had a significant impact on the way Lincolnshire County Council has developed the delivery of fostering services and the expansion of their in-house fostering services.

"The LAC benchmarking club is a very useful tool allowing users to keep a track on statistical neighbour comparisons. Without hesitation, I have and would recommend CIPFA’s Social Care Benchmarking services."
Mark Rainey, Children’s Services Commissioning Manager, Lincolnshire County Council

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