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Sufficiency Strategy - Children's Services

Meeting: 30/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 7)

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To review and approve the new three year Sufficiency Strategy for Gloucestershire County Council Children’s Services.  

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Decision:

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

(a)  Approve  the Sufficiency Strategy for Children and Young People 2018-2021 for publication and implementation

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to develop  an implementation plan, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People; and

 

(c)  Receive further reports as and when appropriate

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, presented the new 3-year Sufficiency Strategy for Gloucestershire County Council’s Children’s Services.

 

Cllr Boyles advised that the Council was required to adhere to statutory guidance as part of its Ofsted recovery journey and that the Sufficiency Strategy was an important statutory document. Cllr Boyles explained that the County Council had a duty of “sufficiency”, whereby local authorities and partners are required to ensure, (through direct provision or through commissioned services), a range of placements are sufficient to meet the needs of children are available locally, or that a plan is in place to move towards this position. It was therefore a requirement for the Council to produce a strategy to describe how it intended to provide sufficient care placements for its children in care.

 

Cllr Boyles informed Cabinet that a total of 48 children in care and care leavers in Gloucestershire had taken part in consultation sessions throughout 2018. Students had been invited to share their experiences and views, and to provide feedback to form the Gloucestershire Strategy. Stakeholders had also helped shape the strategy, which was now out for formal consultation, (January 2019), seeking further comments and awaiting final sign off. 

 

The Sufficiency Strategy sets out the overall approach to managing demand, focusing specifically on the right solutions at key points within “The Integrated Pathway”. The strategy to focus on planning and delivering sufficient and high-quality accommodation and associated support in order to ensure every child who is looked after away from home achieves their potential, irrespective of their permanence plan.

 

The Vulnerable Children’s Budget 2019/20, (included in the Medium Term Financial Strategy), was proposed at £84.3 million at the December Cabinet meeting. (Children’s services to be reconfigured within this value). Cllr Boyles stated that the proposed strategy supported efficiency savings through earlier planning of children’s needs and innovative commissioning of placements.

 

A Due Regard Statement had been completed to consider the equalities impact of the proposed Sufficiency Strategy.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

(a)  Approve  the Sufficiency Strategy for Children and Young People 2018-2021 for publication and implementation

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to develop  an implementation plan, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People; and

 

(c)  Receive further reports as and when appropriate