Adult and Children’s Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 27 March 2012

An urgent decision was required to ensure that the service was not detrimentally affected by impending Ofsted processes; so that the building was not targeted whilst no children were living there and was disposed of appropriately in accordance with council and Ofsted requirements. 

The Children’s Homes and Post 16 Accommodation Support Service review was part of the council’s delivery plan that underpinned the sufficiency strategy 2011/12.  The objective was to reshape the service to build a landscape of accommodation that reflected the council’s ambitions and fulfilled its sufficiency duty.

The council had already made a commitment to increased capacity in fostering and adoption services to increase the number of and availability of families and adopters.  The council’s goal was to ensure that children could have swift access to family placements and stability.

The council had committed £1,200.000 to build a purpose built Children’s Campus to ensure that those who remained in a Children’s Home had accommodation fit for the future and one which would support their welfare and development.

Proposals for the reshaping of the staffing from the three Children’s Homes and the Post 16 Accommodation Support Service, including financial implications, were contained in the report and accompanying appendices.

Resolved – That the recommendations, as set out in the report, be approved.

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