Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 12 JANUARY 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15 DECEMBER 2014
C2582 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES – COMMISSIONING STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN 2013-2018 (cs) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEES – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH AND LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT) –
Cabinet was informed of the progress made in implementing the Children and Young People Services Commissioning Strategy and Action Plan 2013-18.
On 4 March, 2013 Cabinet considered and endorsed the draft Children and Young People Services Commissioning Strategy and Action Plan. A copy of the Strategy was attached at Appendix 1 to the report and contained four key objectives:
- To support families to stay together and reduce the need for children to be looked after by ensuring a focus on early intervention and preventative action across all service provision for children, including statutory and independent providers;
- To manage risk confidently and provide support at the 'edge of care’ by making sure that need and risk were accurately assessed and received the proper response, so that the right children were accommodated at the right time. This included supporting families by making private arrangements within their wider family networks;
- To provide and commission a flexible and affordable mix of high quality placements that met the diverse range of children’s needs;
- To give children clearly planned journeys through care which remained focused on achieving care plans; preventing drift; enabling them to be reunited with family and friends where possible; providing them with stable placements and opportunities to exit the care system positively.
To ensure that the Strategy was implemented effectively, work had been focused on the following key areas:
- preventing children and young people becoming looked after where this was not necessary to safeguard their welfare;
- enabling those who did come into care to be rehabilitated back to their family network, where it was safe to do so;
- providing the best possible outcomes for those who remained accommodated; and
- increasing the range of placement options available for looked after children.
An updated Action Plan was attached at Appendix 1 to the report (pages 38 to 46) and confirmed good progress in the first 18 months of the Strategy. Many of the actions had been completed; other on-going and longer-term measures were on track and on time. It would be important to ensure continued and coordinated efforts that built on the achievements to date.
At the meeting, the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services commented that this was an important report and he highlighted the good progress being made within the Directorate, which was a direct result of the hard work of Officers in the Children’s Services Directorate.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the progress made in delivering the Children and Young People Services Commissioning Strategy Action Plan, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committees (Social Care and Health and Lifelong Learning) for information.
(3) T H A T Cabinet continue to receive six-monthly progress update reports on the Children and Young People Services Commissioning Strategy Action Plan.
Reason for decisions
(1-3) To provide Members with opportunities to exercise oversight of a key strategic document for the Council.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 15 DECEMBER 2014