Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 13 JANUARY 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 16 DECEMBER 2013
C2126 REVIEW OF THE RESOLUTIONS FOSTERING SERVICE (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -
Members were informed of the outcome from an independent review of the Resolutions Fostering Service commissioned by the Resolutions Management Board.
In 1993, Mid Glamorgan County Council established a fostering scheme specifically for young people who were remanded to the care of a local authority in criminal proceedings. Following Local Government reorganisation, a number of councils agreed to collaborate in maintaining this provision - Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan. Because the scheme was physically based in its area, Bridgend County Borough Council (CBC) agreed to host and manage the service.
During 2001/02, demand for remand placements fell while demand for placements for young people with other complex and challenging behaviours increased. In response, the scheme was changed, to provide for this area of need. It was renamed the Resolutions Adolescent Fostering Team, which became the Resolutions Fostering Service in 2009.
The service was managed through a Management Board that comprised of the Heads of Children's Services from the four partner Local Authorities, a representative of the Youth Offending Services in the partner authorities, the Accountant for Bridgend CBC and the Team Manager of the scheme.
In June 2013, the Management Board agreed to commission an independent review of the service. The report of the review was attached at Appendix 1 to the report, and showed that the service was not able to increase the number of placements available on the scale intended, despite significant efforts over several years
The review identified a number of options for the Management Board to consider.
Option 1: The service continued. - This would mean that a new Team Manager is appointed and a clear business plan and marketing strategy for the service developed. The service could continue to be hosted by Bridgend or one of the other partner local authorities.
Option 2: The service is brought to an end. - This required that Resolutions staff would be offered redeployment opportunities.
Option 3: The service was sold on the open market. - This would require agreement by the carers as without the carers there would be little to sell. Implications for Resolutions staff would also need to be considered.
Option 4: The service was maintained in its current state with existing interim arrangements but no action is taken to recruit more Resolution carers and gradually the service will cease to function.
The Resolutions Management Board had met to consider the review report and concluded that Option 2 is the preferred option.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the independent service review and the preferred option to discontinue the service as recommended by the Resolutions Management Board be agreed and that the consultation process as outlined in the report be undertaken.
(2) T H A T the Head of Children and Young People Services, as the Council's representative on the Resolutions Management Board, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children's Services, be authorised to agree implementation of the required processes following conclusion of the formal consultation.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) as part of the consultation process.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To confirm support of the independent service review and the preferred option recommended by the Resolutions Management Board.
(2) To enable the Resolutions Management Board to implement the required processes following conclusion of the formal consultation.
(3) To enable the Scrutiny Committee to be consulted.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 16 December 2013