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Cabinet Decision: 17th March 2011
Title of Item/Report
Children's Social Care Workload Pressures
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a further report relating to workload pressures within Children's Social Care. Members were updated on these pressures and were provided with information to the end of December 2010.

It was explained that the number of referrals remained high with 200 being received in November.

The number of initial assessments and core assessments remained high although the numbers had fallen since the previous quarter.

The overall number of children who were subject to a child protection plan had continued to reduce from the peak of 282 in February to 217 in December.

The number of section 47 investigations had fallen although this had not impacted significantly on the number of child protection conferences and children becoming subject to a child protection plan.

Reference was made to staffing issues and it was noted that the Emergency duty Team Manager and First Contact Deputy Manager posts had been filled and generally the overall staffing situation continued to progress.

Cabinet was provided with key elements from the Munro Review, which had looked at the child protection system in England.

RESOLVED that:-

1. The continued workload pressures within the social care system and the associated impact this was having on caseloads, performance and budget be noted.

2. Further update reports on a quarterly basis in order to continue to monitor the impact of these workload pressures be received.
Reasons for the Decision
There was a significant and continuing rise in social care workload which could potentially impact on the Council's ability to effectively safeguard children, fulfil statutory duties and remain within allocated budget
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on 25 March 2011
Attachment

Date of Publication: 21 March 2011


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