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Corporate Parenting

Meeting: 09/09/2020 - County Council (Item 6.)

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Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the corporate parenting report.

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Meeting: 24/06/2020 - County Council (Item 5)

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Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the corporate parenting report.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, presented the report which focused on the work of Voice Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire’s Children in Care Council). He encouraged all members to engage with the corporate parenting training which was delivered by the council’s Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People.

 

In response to a question Cllr Boyles updated members on the progress of Trevone House, explaining that the project had slipped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The construction was scheduled to complete in September 2020, with services commencing soon after. Cllr Boyles also agreed to contact the local member to share the contract details for the management of this facility.

 

It was stated that the work of the Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People was a highlight of the work of Children’s Services.

 

A member raised concerns regarding the reduction in the number of foster carers available. Cllr Boyles acknowledged that there has been a fall in numbers. This was, in the main, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; many of our foster carers were older and had had to withdrawn from fostering support for health reasons. The Fostering Service was actively recruiting, but this was a challenge in the current circumstances.


Meeting: 12/02/2020 - County Council (Item 5)

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Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the Annual Report of the Corporate Parenting Group.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, presented the annual report of the Corporate Parenting Group.  He thanked members of the Corporate Parenting Group, ambassadors, professional partners and officers at the Council for their work over the last year.  He was pleased that most members had signed the corporate parenting pledge but he said that he was disappointed that some members had failed to do this.  He encouraged members to read Members’ Matter for corporate parenting updates and information on upcoming events.   

 

A number of members spoke about a recent event they had attended at Kingsholm Stadium to celebrate care leavers.  They were concerned that care leavers often felt lonely and they hoped that support could be provided to help them in developing relationships alongside advice on housing, education and employment. They expressed disappointment that some members had still not signed the pledge.    A member believed that the Council could do more to mobilise people in local communities to support young people who had left the care system. 

 

Another member regretted that a motion that she had presented to Gloucester City Council to prevent care leavers becoming intentionally homeless had been rejected.  Cllr Boyles undertook to work with the six district councils to address the member’s concerns.

 

A member suggested that a schedule of corporate parenting events for each year be published so that members were aware of what was coming up well in advance.  They believed that personal invites should be sent out to members for events.  They said that they were pleased that two public engagement events had been held relating to the plans for Trevone House in Gloucester. 

 

Cllr Boyles agreed that this was a good approach and he would ask officers to make the necessary arrangements alongside notifications in Members’ Matter.  Referring to Trevone House, he said that there would be further engagement events with potential providers setting out what their plans were.  He recognised that there would always be a need for out of county placements but he hoped that the local market could be developed alongside Trevone House to reduce the number required.   

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

 


Meeting: 13/02/2019 - County Council (Item 5)

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Cllr Richard Boyles, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, to present the report.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, introduced the report.

 

A member said that he recognised that a lot of work was being done to turn around Children’s Services but he noted that the recent Ofsted progress letter had identified concerns that a number of children continued to have multiple Social Workers.  He asked what steps were being taken to address this issue.

 

Cllr Boyles stated that Advanced Practitioners were in place in each team to work with colleagues and understand caseloads.  He was pleased that 75% of team managers were now Council employees rather than agency staff.  Work was being undertaken with a specialist recruitment company to find people for the remaining posts.  He said that management information was being strengthened to make sure that there was a robust monitoring process in place to allow concerns to be identified.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - County Council (Item 5)

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Report from Cllr Richard Boyles, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, referred to the issues facing children-in-care in terms of their healthcare.  He provided information on the services that were in place including the introduction of dedicated children-in-care nurses from January 2018.

 

A member expressed concern that the recent press release on Children’s Services did not reflect the concerns expressed by Ofsted.  He did not believe that members were being kept informed of developments and questioned whether the Improvement Board was working as it should be.

 

Cllr Boyles advised that regular reports were provided in Members’ Matter to ensure that all members were kept up-to-date on the latest developments. He assured the member that there was no complacency amongst the members of the Improvement Board or senior staff.  He said that nothing was being hidden and the issues identified by Ofsted were being addressed. 

 

Answering further questions, Cllr Boyles advised that all the agencies involved had signed up to a data sharing agreement.  This meant there should be no delays in providing information as a result of the requirements of the Data Protection Act and related legislation.  He said that efforts were being focused on the needs of individuals which followed the core principles of  the NHS England pilot ‘My plan, my life’.  He explained that the number of children in custody was falling and the Police were aware of the need for children to be dealt with in an appropriate manner with proper representation. He stated that he did not wish to interfere with the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner but the Council was prepared to provide support where necessary.

 

In light of the importance of the issue, two members called for oral updates on the Ofsted Improvement Plan to be made at each full Council meeting.

 

Cllr Brian Robinson, the Chairman of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee, advised that the committee looked at the Improvement Plan at each meeting with members given the opportunity to ask questions of the Cabinet Member.

 

Cllr Boyles said that he would seek guidance on the best approach to reporting to members in future.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.