Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 16TH JANUARY, 2011
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 13TH DECEMBER, 2011
"C1557 PROGRESS REPORT IN RESPECT OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN AND CARDIFF INTEGRATED FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE (IFSS) (SCH) (SCRUTINY - SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -
In July 2011, a consortium involving this and Cardiff Councils and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board successfully bid to the Welsh Government to become one of the two areas in Wales chosen to implement an Integrated Family Support Service under Phase II of the programme. In accordance with the detailed regulations, those three organisations had established an IFSS Management Board with senior officer representation to oversee implementation and to ensure the efficient operation of the service. It was currently chaired by the Director of Social Services for this Council. Details relating to membership of the Board, the composition and structure of the Integrated Family Support Team and the core functions of both the aforementioned Board and Team were appended to the report. As outlined in Paragraph 10 of the report, the Integrated Family Support team would offer the following five principal functions:
provide advice and consultancy to practitioners and agencies on engaging complex families with parental substance misuse
undertake intensive direct work with families through the application of time limited, family focused interventions
work jointly with the case managers and others to access the services which the family required
spot-purchase services not otherwise available
provide training on Evidence Base Interventions for the wider workforce.
As regards resource implications, Members noted that funding had been confirmed for 2011/12 and 2012/13 and that Cardiff was the lead authority and budget holder within the IFSS partnership. From experience of delivering family support services across both areas, the Vale and Cardiff Partnership had identified the need for IFSS staff to work closely with case management teams in Social Services and to have a visible presence in both local authority areas. Whilst the office base would not need to be made accessible to service users, it was considered important that the office base could be used as a point of access for other professionals. On a short term basis, consequently, it was proposed that IFS Team be located in the Alps Depot within the Vale of Glamorgan. Terms and conditions relating to the occupation of those offices would be agreed with the partner organisations.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the Director of Finance, ICT and Property, in consultation with the Leader, be authorised to negotiate terms and conditions for accommodating the Integrated Family Support Team in The Alps on a short- term basis.
(3) T H A T the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services be authorised to draft, complete and execute all necessary documentation required to facilitate occupation of the Council's Alps Offices by partner organisations.
(4) T H A T the report be referred to the next meeting of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health).
Reasons for decisions
(1,2 & 3) To ensure that the Council's statutory functions in relation to the provision of an IFSS are fully met in accordance with the Welsh Government guidance.
(4) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee is able to exercise effective oversight of the way in which the Council is meeting new statutory obligations."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 13th December, 2011