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People Directorate strategic priorities

Value for money

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We will continue to drive and maintain strong financial management and make sure that what we are spending is targeted on the right things.

The way the council is funded will continue to change, so will the way we deliver the services you value and trust.

1.2 Invest in digital technology and access points to help people access our services.

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1.2.15

Review our digital offer, Help Yourself, online to make sure residents are able to easily access information and advice to maximise independence.

Mar 2022

AD: Adult Social Care Operations
AD: Mental Health and Out of Hours

Customer Experience Strategy
Digital and ICT Strategy

1.2.18

To procure and implement a new system within Forestcare to enable further developments in the assistive technology offer.

Aug 2021

AD: Adult Social Care Operations

Transformation and savings

Economic resilience

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We will continue to work hard to make sure that Bracknell Forest continues to thrive even with the challenges ahead for all sectors of the economy.

The council is committed to continue the town centre regeneration and over the next 4 years to deliver the next phases, helping the whole town centre to flourish and grow, providing a rich 18-hour economy.

We will also deliver new housing including much needed social housing in future schemes.

The world of work is changing, and we will continue to work closely with all our employers as they look to their futures. We are committed to helping new companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs, maintain high rates of local employment and make sure that Bracknell Forest remains a great place to live and work.

2.3 Encourage residents to become school governors.

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2.3.01

Develop a strategy for governor recruitment though the governance reference group.

Jul 2021

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

Education and skills

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The council is responsible for providing school places to meet demand. By making sure we have enough school places we are supporting parents in their desire to have greater choice.

The council supports schools through its highly rated schools improvement service. Working with teachers and governors the service helps with driving up standards and enhancing the learning environment.

3.2 Work with schools to make sure standards are in the top quartile nationally.

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3.2.02

To provide high quality support and challenge in schools through termly meetings with Standards and Effectiveness Partners.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

3.2.03

Promote and support collaboration through brokering best practice amongst schools through the Standards and Effectiveness Partners, working with the teaching school and termly network meetings.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

3.2.04

Make sure schools are judged at least good or outstanding by Ofsted through the implementation of the Learning Improvement Strategy.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

3.6  Increase the percentage of children (aged 0 to 5) achieving good levels of development in communication and language.

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3.6.01

Support and challenge the quality of early years professionals through developing leading teachers and termly Standards and Effectiveness Partners and network meetings.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

3.7  Create opportunities for care leavers to develop skills to help them prepare for transition.

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3.7.01

Support our care leavers to access education, training or employment to make sure they have improved life chances.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

CYP Plan and Learning Improvement Strategy

3.8  Improve the protection of vulnerable children including those with Special Educational Needs.

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3.8.01

Establish an overall culture of high expectations for all children through work with senior leaders, network meetings and sharing of expertise of leading SENCOs.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

3.8.02

Support transition – planning for next stage of learning through a review of current practice, identification of gaps and development of clear processes to support effective transition.

Mar 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

Caring for you and your family

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Bracknell Forest is one of the heathiest places to live. We want you to live longer in good health, both physical and mental.

We will continue to invest in preventing you and your family from needing health and care services in the first place. We pledge to buy the best possible services that meet the needs of our residents.

4.1  Develop and implement a council-wide programme of measures to help improve the health of our local population.

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4.1.03

Support individuals experiencing mental health issues through the COVID recovery financial stimulus package, working with partners including the voluntary and community sector.

Mar 2022

AD: Adult Social Care Operations

Recovery and renewal strategy

4.2  Develop a new early help mental well-being service for children and young people, working with partners including our schools.

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4.2.03

Develop strengthened working with health by implementing the blueprint for joint working. This will include development of integrated commissioning and identification of further opportunities to align working.

Mar 2022

AD: Commissioning

4.2.04

Develop Bracknell’s first mental health support team, in partnership with the East Berkshire CCG, to provide early intervention support for children and young people, and advice and support for school staff to provide a ‘whole school approach’ to mental health and wellbeing for targeted schools.

 Feb 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities
AD: Education and Learning

4.4  Review our Disabled Facility Grants Adaptations Service to speed up applications to support people to live independently, implementing a new policy.

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4.4.02

Implement and monitor take-up and impact of new forms of housing assistance to support independent living and facilitate hospital discharge.

Mar 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

4.7  Transform the way children’s centres work making them into family hubs.

4.7.01 priority

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4.7.01

Expanding range of services offered from family hubs and further developing multi-disciplinary teams.

Mar 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

4.8  Embed the Family Safeguarding Model of social work practice to protect vulnerable children and reduce entrants to the youth offending service.

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4.8.03

Develop, embed and evaluate a multi-disciplinary team to work specifically with adolescents to make sure they are offered a bespoke service that recognises their unique needs and experiences. The impact of this model will enable adolescents to maintain family relationships and reduce entry to care.

Mar 2022

AD: Children’s Social Care Operations

Youth Justice
CSC continuous development plan

4.8.04

Increase in house fostering capacity and resilience in order to help more children remain in a family setting.

Mar 2022

AD: Children’s Social Care Operations

Transformation

4.9  Deliver a new residential facility for elderly people with dementia at Heathlands in Bracknell in partnership with the health partners.

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4.9.04

Open a new integrated health and care facility at Heathlands in partnership with NHS partners and an external provider.

Dec 2021

AD: Commissioning

4.11  Make sure there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy and participate in sports and leisure activities.

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4.11.02

Delivering and working with schools on the school service level agreement for PE
Training PE subject leaders through network meetings.

Jul 2022

AD: Education and Learning

Learning Improvement Strategy

Communities

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Bracknell Forest delivers over 200 different services. To secure strong and safe communities we will continue to meet our key objectives.

6.3  Work with our local police to maintain good public order, reduce antisocial behaviour and combat drug related crime.

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6.3.03

Make sure that the authority complies with the new duties proposed in the Domestic Abuse Bill by undertaking our local Needs Assessment.

Jul 2021

AD: Early Help and Communities

Community Safety Plan

6.3.04

Develop a Bracknell Forest partnership structure and action plan to prevent and tackle serious violence in collaboration with the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit.

Mar 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

Community Safety Plan

6.3.05

Explore the possibility of Child Friendly Partnership Group, an engagement group, facilitated by YOS, with Links to the Youth Council Youth Council and our Children’s Participation Officer, to ensure that children and stake holders are working together on solutions to real time issues.

May 2021

AD: Children’s Social Care

Continuous development Plan CSC

6.7  Develop a new homelessness strategy and implement a local action plan to reduce rough sleeping.

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6.7.02

Draft new homelessness strategy with stakeholder consultation and implementation of new strategy.

Jun 2021

AD: Early Help and Communities

6.8  Identify the need for and facilitate the provision of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership and rent to meet that need.

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6.8.03

Carry out the research phase to inform the development of new Housing Strategy.

Mar 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

Housing Strategy

6.9  Review our Housing Allocations Policy to make best use of affordable housing provision.

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6.9.01

Review current allocations policy and develop draft policy for consultation.

Mar 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

Homelessness strategy

6.9.02

Consult on, ratify and implement a new allocations policy for all live cases and notify applicants of changes.

Sep 2022

AD: Early Help and Communities

Homelessness strategy