|Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 18 May 2017.|
|Consideration was given to a report that presented the Children's Services Strategy. This non-statutory strategy set out how the Council would deliver change and improvement in children's services 2017-20, to deliver key objectives and outcomes and implement this aspect of the Council Plan.|
The Strategy was designed to set out the context, role and priorities of Children's Services.
It was an evolution of the first version of the strategy reported to Cabinet in July 2016.
It had been developed to provide a clear understanding of the role and remit of Children's Services, its key priorities and how these had been identified, and the way in which Children's Services seeks to work with partners.
The strategy was attached to the report.
The following points were made in summary:
a. The Strategy set out the vision, objectives and priorities for Children's Services;
b. It was based on a new approach, which translated the refreshed Council Plan into service priorities and clear action;
c. It had an explicit focus both on the WHAT and the HOW - what specific actions would be undertaken, and how it would work;
d. It included the specific areas of focus post Ofsted inspection.
The strategy was intended to provide a clear framework for action, prioritisation which underpinned reviews, the redesign of services in some areas and which provided a context for workforce development and financial management.
|Consideration was given to a report on Stockton-on-Tees Local Safeguarding Children Board (SLSCB) Annual Report 2015/16.|
The SLSCB Annual Report was presented to Cabinet for information in relation to the achievements and future challenges of the SLSCB. The Annual Report was attached to the report.
There was a statutory requirement under section 14A of the Children Act 2004 and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 for Local Safeguarding Children Boards to produce and publish an annual report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area, including the implementation of Serious Case Review action plans.
In accordance with this statutory requirement the report was submitted to the Chief Executive, Leader of the Council, the local Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chair of the Health and Well-being Board.
It was the intention of SLSCB to share this with all partner agencies and with those that had influence over the services provided to children and families in Stockton-on-Tees.
The key achievements and challenges of the Board for 2015 / 2016 were referenced in the SLSCB Annual Report which had been circulated.
During the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers and review of effectiveness of the LSCB, Ofsted noted that "the Board has a very good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. SLSCB meets its statutory functions. It benefits from appropriate multi-agency membership, very good attendance and strong commitment, including from three lay members who bring independent challenge to the board's work". A series of recommendations were made, many of which were in hand having been recognised by the Board as areas for improvement.
All partners of SLSCB strive to make continual improvements of their effectiveness in ensuring the safety and well-being of children both individually and as a partnership whilst at the same time recognising the challenges faced, locally, regionally and nationally.
|Consideration was given to a report on School Term and Holiday Dates 201819 and 201920.|
School employers were required to set the term dates of their school year. Employers were:
the Local Authority in community, voluntary controlled and community special schools and maintained nursery schools;
the Governing Body in foundation and voluntary aided school;
the academy trust in academies and free schools.
In line with statutory requirements and the protocol agreed in 2008, consideration had been given to compile a set of term and holiday dates for schools in the Borough.
Officers consulted with colleagues from all neighbouring authorities to endeavour to reach consensus on a proposed model for the academic year.
Attached to the report were the proposed dates for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
As part of the consultation process these documents were duly circulated to schools and all other relevant parties, including unions and associations.
Only one comment had been received from Ian Ramsey Academy, Day Spring Trust in full support of the proposed dates for 2018/2019.
To date, the neighbouring authorities had either recommended or approved their proposed 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 term dates.
|Consideration was given to a report on Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for Stockton.|
In October 2016, a report was made to Cabinet regarding a proposal to reshape services for children in Stockton with special educational needs.
This proposal involved rationalising the provision available in mainstream schools to allow earlier support and intervention for children when they first present with special needs. This was with the aim of reducing demand for specialist placements and addressing needs earlier. The provision commissioned from schools, presently in Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARPs), would be remodelled into hubs in localities which could provide cross phase provision for special needs across the Borough and allow more children to attend a school near to where they live. This would also reduce the need for transport across the Borough. No children already in placements would be moved as a result of the proposals.
A further report in January 2017 detailed the consultation outcomes from extensive engagement with parents and key stakeholders. The proposals were modified as a result, particularly around retaining some existing nursery provision, and approval was given to commence with the commissioning of the revised provision.
The report set out for approval the results of the commissioning process and the new model of provision. An update on the unsuccessful application for a new Free School across the Tees Valley is also included.
|Consideration was given to a report on the Integrated 0-19 Wellbeing Model and the Creation of Family Hubs.|
The report sought approval for the new vision and approach to the provision of early years support in Stockton, including the future model for children's centres as part of a wider Family Hub' early help offer including an integrated 0 - 19 wellbeing model. It set out the vision and objectives of a new approach, and a set of proposals for implementation. The report also outlined the outcomes of the recent early years and children's centre consultation.
|Consideration was given to a report on the Adult Social Care Strategy for Change and Improvement.|
The report presented the Adult Social Care Strategy. The non-statutory strategy set out how the Council would deliver change and improvement in adult social care 2017 - 2020, to deliver Council Plan priorities.
The non-statutory Strategy set out:
a. The vision, context (strategic and operational) and objectives for Adult Social Care across Stockton-on-Tees.
b. How the Council works individually and in partnership (internally and externally) to meet Care Act 2014 requirements and meet assessed social care needs.
c. How the Council was working towards greater integration with Health.
The detailed strategy was attached to the report.
The following points were made in summary:
a. The strategy set out the strategic vision, context (strategic and operational) and objectives for Adult Social Care across Stockton-on-Tees for the first time.
b. It identified how adult social care operational activity related to the Council's strategic aims and objectives.
c. It showed how people and communities were at the heart of all that was done by Adult Social Care in Stockton-on-Tees, individually and in partnership (both internally and externally).
d. It demonstrated the past and future importance of integrating adult social care with health.
e. It provided a clear framework for prioritisation and action in individual and partnership based service planning and workforce development.
|Consideration was given to a report that gave an update on Asset Review and Site Disposal.|
The Report summarised progress and provided an update around Asset Transfer arrangements and also in implementing recommendations and provided recommendations around Site Disposal Strategy.
|Consideration was given to a report on Community Governance Review of Grindon Parish.|
The report presented feedback from the second stage consultation with stakeholders and presents final recommendations.
Public Notices were displayed and further information included on the Council Website. Further letters were also sent to the key stakeholders setting out the draft proposals. The response that had been received was detailed within the report.
|Consideration was given to a report on the appointment of Statutory Officers.|
Various Statutory Officer appointments are needed following the Senior Management Review, implemented in January 2016 and ending of transition arrangements with the retirement of the former Director of Law and Democracy who had performed these statutory roles.
It was proposed that the appointments would be effective from the 23 June 2017 being the date following the relevant Cabinet and Council decisions and the Yarm Ward By-Election on 22 June 2017.
|Consideration was given to a report on the use of Special Urgency for the acquisition of employment land at Belasis Business Park.|
A key decision for the acquisition of employment land at Belasis Business Park was taken by chief officers under the special urgency provisions contained within the Constitution.
Details of the decision taken were set out in the delegated decision record attached to the report.