Tackling inequalities – tackling discrimination and inequalities which prevent people from fulfilling their true potential

Tackling inequalities in wealth, health and opportunity is key to our city’s future – growth that is unequally distributed will not be sustainable in the long-term. There is increasing recognition nationally of our approach, with growing consensus that growth cannot be tackled in isolation from inclusivity and equality. Intervening early to tackle problems before they escalate is a key component of our approach. Overall, we are tackling inequalities through our work in children’s social care, through education and skills, through our Life Chances programme including the Active Inclusion Newcastle partnership approach, and through public health.

Our ambitions for tackling inequalities are:

  • A city that gives the young people the best start in life
  • A city with healthy communities
  • A city which shields the most vulnerable from harm

What are we doing to achieve our priority to tackle inequalities?

We will support and protect our vulnerable residents, helping people help themselves and intervening early to stop situations escalating:

  • We will redesign our Initial Response Services in children social care and identify different ways to intervene and provide support to families earlier. We will take a more effective approach to ‘Child in Need’ cases, to prevent needs escalating and requiring more intensive support. Adult and children services will work together to help parents, particularly those with mental health and drug and alcohol problems.
  • The needs of vulnerable children will be prioritised for mental health support through the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Expanding Minds and Improving Lives programme which seeks to develop effective Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services in Newcastle and Gateshead.
  • Supporting young people with the costs of education and training through the Newcastle Bursary scheme which helped 269 young people with the cost of their studies last year.
  • We will work with health to create a new joint and innovative assessment service for adults requiring care that can provide a trusted and shared assessment capability. This will involve simplifying systems and sharing budgets, as well as sharing assessment responsibilities and decisions regarding eligibility. We will look to develop an integrated approach to early intervention and crisis response – this will incorporate information and advice, prevention, assessment and rehabilitative interventions.
  • Helping older people get the support they need quicker and remain in their own homes through rolling out the ‘Your Equipment Newcastle’ digital approach of self-assessment and access to help, advice, information and equipment.
  • Continue to provide Carers Support Allocations and bolster the (NHS) Carers Wellbeing Fund by providing additional temporary funding to support and enable carers who may not be in receipt of a Carer Support Allocation. We will also ensure that new systems to support carers in their caring role are implemented before the temporary funding ends.
  • Pursuing our public health mandate of improving health for all but with a focus on improving that of the most disadvantaged fastest, by tackling the major causes of disability and death.
  • Protecting the most vulnerable in the city by maintaining bed spaces for those at risk of homelessness or exclusion at current levels for a further two years, and ensuring the future of the multi-agency safeguarding hub focussed on individuals at risk of exploitation.
  • Establish a new £1 million Life Chances Fund to ensure access to economic opportunity for the most deprived communities in the city.
Measuring progress
Indicator Cabinet Portfolio
Overall access to integrated early childhood services and Ofsted judgement Children and Young People
Proportion of schools judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ compared to statistical neighbours Children and Young People
Rate of child and young people on child protection plans compared to statistical neighbours and England average Children and Young People
Rate of children and young people living in care compared to statistical neighbours and England average Children and Young People
Quality of life experienced by adults using council-funded social care compared to statistical neighbours Adult Health and Care
Proportion of adults using council-funded social care who feel they have control over daily life Adult Health and Care
Gap in life expectancy between least/most deprived wards compared to England Public Health and Housing
Prevalence of smoking among young people aged 18+ compared toEngland Public Health and Housing

How we are performing

Some of our achievements in 2016-17

  • By the end of their Reception year, 69.6% of our five-year olds had achieved the national indicator of ‘a good level of development’. This was just above the national average and was a 9% improvement on the 2015 figure.
  • By the end of Key Stage 1 in 2016, performance by our seven year olds generally matched the national average in each of reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Our innovative MyTrav app allows children and young people to travel independently, improving their independence, increasing skills and confidence.
  • More ‘looked after children’ experience placement stability in Newcastle compared to others. 9.4% of our looked after children experienced three of more placements, compared to the England average of 11%. Of the children, we have looked after for longer than two and a half years, 69.3% have been in the same placement for over two of those years, compared to a national average of 67%.
  • For those young people leaving care, 94% live in suitable accommodation and 52% are in education, employment or training. Both increased compared to 2015-16 where 85% were recorded as living in suitable accommodation and 47% in education, employment or training.
  • More adults self-direct their own support in Newcastle than in other comparable areas; 92.5% compared to the ‘statistical neighbour’ average of 85.7%. This is a collaborative planning process whereby social care staff work with an individual to assess their needs and generate a personal budget or pay for the care and support required. The individual decides to receive the budget directly or ask us to commission services on their behalf.
  • We worked extensively with adults who have a learning disability and/or autism, their families and service providers to develop a new way to deliver services. We moved away from commissioning separate services for adults and children, developing a single approach. The aims of the service are to provide individual, flexible care and support which enables people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live a good life.
  • Newcastle continues to perform significantly better than other local authority areas in relation to delayed transfer of care. These occur when a person is medically fit for discharge from hospital but Community Health and/or Social Care are unable to arrange a package of support to facilitate timely and safe discharge. In total, there were 4,537 delay days in the 11 months to February 2017. 483 delay days fewer than at the same point in 2015-16. Our year end projection is 4,949 delay days, 618 days below our Better Care Fund target of 5,567.
  • Perception of adult social care related quality of life has increased to 19.7/24, up from 19.2/24 in 2014-15.
Page last updated: 
18 June 2018
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