Children, Families & Learning Cabinet Member – Minutes – 30 November 2017

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 55 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

55 (55) REGIONALISATION OF ADOPTION SERVICES – The Director: Children and Community Resilience submitted a report seeking a decision with regard to the future of the council’s adoption functions.

In June 2015 the government announced changes to the delivery of adoption services by proposing that all adoption services should consider services being delivered on a regional basis by 2020. The rationale for this was to ensure improved outcomes for both adopters and children.

Further to minute 37, the council was part of the Department of Education pilot to explore moving towards the regionalisation of adoption services.  Following the pilot it was believed that maintaining a North Lincolnshire service would enable the outstanding judgment to be sustained and built upon.  The service had significant ambition for the future.

Resolved – That the current service provision, as set out in the report, remain.

56 (56) SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY (SEND) INCLUSION PLAN 2017 – 2020 – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking approval for publication of the North Lincolnshire Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Inclusion Plan ‘All our children’ 2017 – 2020.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Inclusion Plan ‘All our children’ 2017 2020 outlined the council’s aspirations and priorities for children and young people (aged 0-25) with SEND for the period 2017-2020. The new plan followed on from the successes of the first Special Educational Needs and Disability Inclusion Plan ‘All our children’ 2014-2017. The initial plan focussed upon the reforms introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the new SEND Code of Practice 2014. Much had been achieved during the 2014-17 implementation period.

The new SEND Inclusion Plan 2017 – 2020 focussed on the next stage of the journey with the new priorities and commissioning intentions.

Resolved – That the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Inclusion Plan ‘All our children’ 2017 – 2020 be approved for publication in November 2017.

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