Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 11th November, 2009
Time:
5.00pm
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Harrington (Chairman), Cllr Jim Beall, Cllr Phillip Broughton, Cllr Mrs Ann Cains, Cllr Mick Eddy, Cllr Maurice Frankland, Cllr Miss Barbara Inman, Cllr Alan Lewis, Cllr Andrew Sherris.
Officers:
Shaun McLurg, Jayne Palmer, Jackie Ward (CYP); Graham Birtle, Fiona Shayler (LD); Jim Bell (R).
In Attendance:
Mr D Campbell (Non Voting Co-opted Representatives); Cllr John Fletcher, Cllr Mrs McCoy, Cllr Mrs Womphrey, Cllr Mrs Walmsley, Cllr Dick Cains, Cllr Mrs Beaumont, Cllr Mrs Craggs, Cllr Ken Dixon, Cllr Aidan Cockerill; Paul Riley (Outcomes UK).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Hilary Aggio, Cllr Lynne Apedaile, Cllr Mrs Fletcher, Cllr Jean Kirby, Cllr Maureen Rigg, Cllr Roy Rix, Cllr Michael Smith, Cllr Steve Walmsley, Cllr Womphrey.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
52/09
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
CYP
53/09
EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF CHILD PLACEMENTS AND RESIDENTIAL CARE
CONCLUDED that the presentation be noted.
CYP
54/09
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that the Work Programme be noted.
CYP
55/09
CHAIRMAN'S UPDATE
None

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
53/09
Members received a presentation from Paul Riley, Outcomes UK. Outcomes UK had been commissioned to undertake a piece of work on the possibilities of having a North East Collaborative Foster Care Services Project. The presentation focused on how Stockton would fit within the North East collaboration.

Members were provided with various statistics that highlighted how Stockton compared with its looked after children against other local authorities. On average approximately 20% of Stockton's looked after children were placed with external providers.

Members also looked at the age profiles of foster carers, over 50% were over the age of 50. Members felt that this could be a challenge in years to come as foster carers retire. Retaining foster carers was a priority by ensuring that they receive a good level of support from social workers and respite provision for those carers that require a break.

Discussion was held on the process for applying to become a foster carer, and whether the length of time for determination could be a deterrent.

Marketing and recruitment of new foster carers was a priority and it was felt that this could possibly be done jointly with other authorities. It was stated that the collective of Directors of Social Care had met to discuss such issues and that a position report had been produced. It was requested that Members be provided with an update of this report.
CYP
54/09
The next meeting would be held on 18th November 2009.

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