Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 18th November, 2009
Time:
04.30pm
Place:
First Floor Committee Room, 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 Aidan Cockerill (vice Cllr Sherris), Cllr Maurice Frankland, Cllr Miss Barbara Inman, Cllr Alan Lewis, Cllr Bill Noble (vice Cllr Mrs Cains).
Officers:
Shaun McLurg, Joanne Moore, Jane Palmer (CESC); Graham Birtle, Fiona Shayler (LD); Jim Bell (R).
In Attendance:
Mr G Davies (Non voting co-opted representative).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Eddy, Cllr Mrs Cains, Cllr Sherris; Mr D Campbell, Mr R Cash, Mr Frank.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
56/09
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CYP
57/09
DRAFT MINUTES - 28TH OCTOBER 2009
The minutes of the meeting held on 28th October 2009 were agreed as a correct record.
CYP
58/09
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF CHILD PLACEMENTS AND RESIDENTIAL CARE
CONCLUDED that:-

1. Kinship Care - Option 3 be agreed subject to further investigations into funding and a review take place in 12 months time.

2. Additional Residential Capacity - Option 2/Model 3 be agreed.
CYP
59/09
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that the Work Programme be agreed.
CYP
60/09
CHAIR'S UPDATE
None

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
56/09
Cllr Noble declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in relation to Agenda Item No. 4 EIT Review of Child Placements and Residential Care further to undertaking care home visits.
CYP
58/09
Members were provided with a SWOT Analysis for Kinship Care and Additional Residential Capacity. Members were also provided with a viability paper for Increased Residential Capacity.

Members discussed the three options in the SWOT analysis for Kinship Care and felt that Option 3 was the preferred option.

Option 3 - the local authority accepts a duty to support kinship arrangements. Policy is designed to offer different levels of support to different arrangements eg. greater support including financial support arrangements to those children previously looked after or where the local authority has opened care proceedings.

However, Members felt that this option should be agreed with caviats to enable Officers to identify pockets of funding available and to ensure that a review would take place in 12 months time.

Members also considered the potential options for Additional Residential Capacity. Members preferred Option 2/Model 3, which was to develop Local Authority Residential Provision.
CYP
59/09
Members were informed that Ian Edmunds would be attending the next meeting on Wednesday 2nd December 2009.

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