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Cabinet Decision: 6th September 2012
Title of Item/Report
Children's Social Care Workload Pressures
Record of the Decision
Members received a report that updated Cabinet on the pressures relating to significant and continuing increases in children's social care workload which could potentially impact on the Council's ability to effectively safeguard children.

Members were provided with data relating to referrals and assessments, child protection and the looked after system.

Members were also provided with details of staffing and allocation as well as budgetary issues and an update on the EIT Review of Child Placements.

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 be presented, on a quarterly basis, in order to continue to monitor the impact of these workload pressures.
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 Friday 14 September 2012.
Attachment

Date of Publication: 10 September 2012


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