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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 8TH SEPTEMBER 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 14TH JULY 2014

 

 

209    SOCIAL SERVICES END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE REPORT 2013/14 AND TARGET SETTING 2014/15 (DSS) –

 

The Committee were presented with end of year performance and action monitoring reports for the year ending 2013/14 and were notified of the changes to performance indicators and performance targets for 2014/15.

 

In reviewing the target setting for 2014/15 a Committee Member raised an issue concerning the level of target setting for the following performance indicators, it being noted that in some cases, the current target setting was significantly lower than actual performance achieved in previous years.  These specifically related to:

 

·               SS02/M004Q – the percentage of initial assessments that were completed during the year where there is evidence that the child has been seen by a worker

·               SCC016Q – the percentage of reviews of child in need plans carried out in accordance with the statutory timetable

·               SCC007cQ – the percentage of referrals during the year that did not proceed to allocation for initial assessment

 

It was agreed that the Head of Children and Young People Services would look into the target setting for these particular performance indicators and would inform the Committee Members accordingly. 

 

In reviewing SCC037A, the average external points score for 16 year old LAC, Members were advised that the target level seemed low when compared to actual performance as a result of exceptional performance by a looked after child, but that the target setting needed to reflect the cohort.

 

A Committee Member sought clarification as to how the delayed transfer of care figure was calculated.  In response the Head of Adult Services advised Members that this was a very complex undertaking and that he would provide an explanation of the performance indicator’s calculation to each Member individually via e-mail. 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the service performance results and remedial actions to be undertaken to address service and performance be noted (paragraphs 5 to 12 with full details in Appendix 1).

 

(2)       T H A T progress to update in achieving key outcomes as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2013-17 and the Improvement Plan Part 1 2013/14 be noted (paragraphs 6-7 with full details in Appendix 1).

 

(3)       T H A T proposed service targets for 2014/15 be considered (paragraphs 12 – 14 with full details in Appendix 2).

 

4)         T H A T Cabinet consider the Committee’s recommendation to review the 2014/15 performance target setting for the following performance indicators:

 

·               SS02/M004Q – the percentage of initial assessments that were completed during the year where there is evidence that the child has been seen by a worker

·               SCC016Q – the percentage of reviews of child in need plans carried out in accordance with the statutory timetable

·               SCC007cQ – the percentage of referrals during the year that did not proceed to allocation for initial assessment.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To ensure the Council is effectively assessing its performance in line with the requirement to secure continuous improvement outlined in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

 

(2)       To enable the Council to demonstrate achievement of its objectives and identify service areas for improvement work.

 

(3)       To ensure challenging targets are set against the Council’s measures for improvement, reflecting the Council’s commitment to continuously improve services whilst mindful of significant financial and service demand pressures of the coming year.

 

(4)       Cabinet have final decision making powers.â€

 

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 14th July, 2014

 

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