People Cabinet Member – Minutes – 14 August 2013

The Adoption Service was required by The Adoption Agency Regulations 2005 and the National Minimum Standards (Adoption) – updated and introduced 1 April 2011 – to have in place a Statement of Purpose that was reviewed on a regular basis and updated as appropriate.  It was explained that the Statement of Purpose was an integral component of the 3 yearly inspections of the service undertaken by OFSTED.

On 1 July 2013 new regulations in respect to assessing prospective adopters were implemented and the Statement of Purpose had been updated to reflect the new process.

Resolved – That the revised Adoption Statement of Purpose be approved.

91        (20) REVISION TO THE FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval for the revised Statement of Purpose for the fostering service in North Lincolnshire.

The Fostering Service was required by The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations 2011 and the National Minimum Standards (Fostering) – updated and introduced 1 April 2011 – to have in place a Statement of Purpose that was reviewed on a regular basis and updated as appropriate.

Following the yearly review of the Statement of Purpose for the Fostering Service, revisions had been made which ensured they reflected practice revised guidance and updated legislation.

Updates to the Care Planning, Placement and Case review and Fostering Services (England) Regulations were published in June 2013, to be implemented in July 2013, amending the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. The Statement of Purpose had been updated to reflect the new changes.

Resolved – That the revised Fostering Service Statement of Purpose be approved.

92      (21) PEOPLE DIRECTORATE SERVICE PLAN AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS – The Director of People submitted a report to inform the cabinet member of the 2012/13 year end position of the People Directorate performance against the council strategy 2012/16 key performance indicators and highlighted the positive progress made during the year.

The report also sought approval of the People Directorate Plan 2013/14, including targets and agreed variances.

The People Directorate had produced an annual service plan that explained how the directorate supported the delivery of the council’s strategic priorities and also the key improvement areas to be developed under the directorate’s “Striving for Excellence” plan.

To monitor progress against the Council Strategy 2012/16 there were 23 key performance indicators defined for the People Directorate. These indicators were selected to demonstrate progress towards the strategic priorities.

The Council Strategy had recently been reviewed and updated, and the new strategy 2013/17 retained the four council priorities, but the delivery actions, which explained how the priorities would be achieved, had been revised.

The proposed key performance indicators, targets and the details of the tolerances were attached as Appendix 3 to the report.

Resolved – (a) That the positive progress made against the 2012/13 council priorities through the key performance indicator outcomes be noted; (b) that the People Directorate Service Plan be endorsed, and (c) that the proposed key performance indicators, targets and tolerances for 2013/14 be approved and updates the targets outlined in the Council Strategy for use in the corporate reporting framework.