{meta} Decision - Residential services re-design

Decision details

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I, Paul Dennett, City Mayor, in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

 

Agree the permanent closure of the former 262 Liverpool Road Children’s Home, which has been temporarily closed since February 2018.

 

The Reasons are that Salford is to adopt a new model of ‘No Wrong Door’ which is positively changing the way in which we offer intensive suport to young people, linked with both fostering and residential care.

 

The goals are to reduce the number of young people coming into care, and support those in care to find a permanent family setting - either long term foster placement, back with their family or independence.

 

The council recognises the critical role of foster carers in providing much needed stability to our most vulnerable children and young people in the city.  Cabinet Members considered the fostering strategy and the review of allowances report on 26th March 2019 and in line with our commitment to foster carers approved an increase in the skills element of the foster carer allowance and for those foster carers participating in the Focus Scheme. 

 

At the heart of the model is a residential hub which provides short term placements and multi-disciplinary support. Young people are at the heart of designing the hub and the new way of working. The hub will help us reduce the number of placements both out of area placements and with independent fostering agencies. The approach acknowledges best practice and the successful implementation of this model in North Yorkshire.

Options considered and rejected were.

This decision is part of the adoption of the ‘No Wrong Door’ model and the wider reconfiguration of residential children’s homes.

Assessment of Risk.

The source of funding is: N/A

 

Legal Advice obtained.

The council is subject to a general duty to secure sufficient accommodation that meets the needs of looked after children within the its area (s22G Children Act 1989) The proposals are consistent with meeting this duty as through appropriate commissioning arrangements and alternative provision the council is able to meet its statutory responsibilities

Financial Advice obtained.

As a result of the change in approach a review of residential buildings has been undertaken.  The Children’s Home at 262 Liverpool Road does not provide the environment nor meet the principle objectives promoted within the ‘No Wrong Door’ model.

On this basis the recommendation is to close the building.  The level of saving delivered in year will become clear once the staffing arrangements for ‘No Wrong Door’ and future residential need are completed in July, the outcome of which will be reported to Members.

Procurement Advice obtained .

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

(if the documents disclose exempt or confidential information, they should not be listed, but the following wording shall be inserted : "(The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection)":-

Contact Officer:  Mike Kelly                                    Tel No 779 7800

 

*           This document records a key decision, but the matter was not             included in the Council's Forward Plan and it has been dealt with             under the emergency procedure.

*           This decision is urgent and is not subject to call-in, in accordance with     the Decision Making Procedure Rules

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the             Children’s Scrutiny Panel.

 

Signed: Paul Dennett         Dated: 11 June 2019

City Mayor

 

 

*           This decision was published on Thursday 13 June 2019                                            

*           This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 29 June 2019                                              unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

 

Publication date: 11/06/2019

Date of decision: 11/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/06/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/06/2019

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