Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Consideration was given to a report of the Managing Director, Children and Young People, (DCS) which sought approval of the proposed investment into children’s services and the invest to save strategy aligned with it
In May 2022, Annual Council adopted the Administration’s priorities for 2022/23. One priority area for the Council was to have a relentless focus on children and young people to ensure that they enjoy a happy, healthy and safe childhood. In September 2022, the Council further declared children and young people to be its number one priority, underpinning the organisation’s new five-year corporate plan.
As part of this focus the Council’s Children’s Social Care and Early Help services had embarked upon a challenging “Getting to Good” programme that would see the Council improve the quality of its vital social work and safeguarding services and the experiences and outcomes of those in need of them.
To support both our overall priority for children and young people and the continuous improvement of our existing services the Council was proposing a significant investment into services that support and safeguard children, young people, and their families.
The proposal Cabinet was being asked to approve was to invest £14.7 million into vital children’s social care and family support services in the borough. This investment would;
Option 1 – Approve the investment as detailed within the report which aimed to improve services for children, young people and families and to support quality social work and reward foster carers.
Option 2 – Not to invest in the service as detailed within the report. This would removed the ability to tackle rising demand for support leading to spiralling costs to deliver quality children’s services.
RESOLVED – That:
1. The proposed investment into children’s services and the invest to save strategy aligned with it as detailed within the report be approved.
2. The decisions resulting from the implementation of the invest to save strategy be delegated to the Managing Director of Children’s Services and the Director of Legal Services.
Publication date: 19/12/2022
Date of decision: 12/12/2022
Decided at meeting: 12/12/2022 - Cabinet
Effective from: 21/12/2022