Decisions

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Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

17/10/2019 - Formation of a Regional Adoption Agency - CYP04(19/20) ref: 729    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

In June 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) published a paper, Regionalising Adoption, which proposed the move to regional adoption agencies in order to:

        Speed up matching between children and adopters

        Improve adopter recruitment and adoption support

        Reduce costs

        Improve the life chances of vulnerable children.

 

Since this time West Sussex County Council, in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex and Surrey County Councils has developed a proposal to deliver its adoption services via a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA), Adoption South East (ASE).  In October 2017 local authorities were advised of continued ministerial resolve to complete regionalisation by April 2020.  The Adoption South East arrangement now requires formalising to meet the Government’s expectation that all local authorities become part of a RAA by April 2020.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision published: 17/10/2019

Effective from: 29/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has:

 

1.  Approved the establishment of and West Sussex County Council’s participation in a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA), to be known as Adoption South East (ASE), in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, and East Sussex and Surrey County Councils as described in this report.

 

2.  Delegated authority to the Director of Children’s Services to take any action necessary or incidental to the above including entering into and signing the Partnership Agreement and any other agreement between the participating Authorities in order for the Regional Adoption arrangement to be implemented by April 2020.

 

3.  Delegated authority to the Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Support Services to determine and agree the transfer of the County Council’s contribution to a pooled RAA budget as set out in this report and to settle arrangements for the pooled budget through the Partnership Agreement.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Wendy Wood


17/10/2019 - Children's In-house Residential Service Strategy - CYP03(19.20) ref: 728    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report provides a summary of the recent review of in-house residential services for children. It seeks approval for a strategic framework and service model which seek to ensure that outcomes for vulnerable children are maximised and that long-term care costs are minimised. The proposed strategy is attached (Appendix 1) and provides a full context and history for the review and a rationale for the proposals.

 

The Council’s existing children’s residential estate has three open establishments which all have a ‘good’ Ofsted rating and three establishments which are not in use. Proposals for the three closed homes are prioritised in the first phase (September 2019 to December 2020) of the overall plan for the service, with the three open homes to be focused on in the second phase (July 2020 to July 2021).

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision published: 17/10/2019

Effective from: 29/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has:

 

1.     Approved the strategy for the in-house children’s residential service (Appendix 1).

2.     Endorsed the implementation plan and the proposals for the investment required to deliver the strategy.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Catherine Galvin


15/10/2019 - Appointment of design team - Horsham Blue-light Centre OKD22_19-20 ref: 727    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

West Sussex County Council and its partners are delivering a programme of transformational capital projects to deliver efficiencies in the use of the public estate across the County. The County Council is now in a position to progress a project to deliver a new operational fire station and blue-light training centre in Horsham through its detailed design phase and into Planning.

 

 

Decision Maker: Acting Chief Executive

Decision published: 15/10/2019

Effective from: 25/10/2019

Decision:

That the Acting Chief Executive approves the award of contract for design services for Horsham Blue Light Centre to Willmott Dixon for a contract period of 8 months commencing from October 2019 at a value of £933,847.00.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Nick Burrell