Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 9th December, 2009
Time:
04.30 p.m.
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 Mrs Ann Cains, Cllr Aidan Cockerill, Cllr Mick Eddy, Cllr Maurice Frankland, Cllr Miss Barbara Inman, Cllr Alan Lewis, Cllr Andrew Sherris.
Officers:
Ian Edmunds, Jane Harvey, Shaun McLurg, Jayne Palmer (CESC); Graham Birtle, Fiona Shayler (LD); Jim Bell (R).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Phillip Broughton, Mr Davies.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
68/09
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
CYP
69/09
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF CHILD PLACEMENTS AND RESIDENTIAL CARE
CONCLUDED that Members support Option 1 and that Officers be given the flexibility to consider the matter further.
CYP
70/09
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that the work programme be noted.
CYP
71/09
CHAIR'S UPDATE
None

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
69/09
Ian Edmunds was in attendance to provide Members with detail on a SWOT analysis for the potential options for Complex and Additional Needs (CAN). There were two options provided:-

1. To increase availability of sub-regional provision for 'hard to place' children/young people with complex needs

2. To enhance the local specialist support for children and young people with Complex Needs in order to maintain them within the Borough - this embraces educational provision, mental health/challenging behaviour support and widening the remit of the Complex Needs Social Work team to include groups such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), etc. The intention would be to enable a rapid early and maintained response to prevent an escalation of need.

Members held full discussion on both of the options and felt that the preferred option would be Option 1. Members were aware that gaps exisited in the current provision and advised that Officers should be given the flexibility to work towards achieving option 1.
CYP
70/09
The next meeting would be held on 6th January 2010 to consider the draft report.

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