Issue details

Provision of accommodation for Care Leavers

The County Council has a statutory responsibility to provide a variety of accommodation and support services for children, young people and young adults. These obligations arise in relation to those young people who are at risk of entering care and those leaving or who have left care. In some cases the duty can continue until the age of 25 when the young person is in receipt of training or education. This statutory responsibility also extends to unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC).

 

Whilst the County Council provides some of these services it currently relies on purchasing the majority of accommodation and support from the private and voluntary sector to meet the needs of these young people.

 

Within the Children’s Commissioning Strategy for Complex needs 2018-2021, the County Council has committed to the introduction of a range of alternative accommodation models which ensure the availability, affordability and quality of the accommodation and support required for these young people. This includes the introduction of individual units of training accommodation – that is accommodation with support specifically designed to enable young people to move to independent living.

 

This report seeks approval to explore the feasibility of the County Council purchasing property to develop into ‘training accommodation’ for this group of young people, with a view to working in partnership with the market to support the pathways to independence. A proposal would then be progressed to a full business case to be considered within the County Council’s capital programme governance.  Should this result in the development of a proposal that meets the criteria for either an Officer or Cabinet Member key decision it will be subject to the appropriate key decision process.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/08/2018

Decision due: November 2018 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Mr Paul Marshall paul.a.marshall@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Stuart Gibbons, Strategic Market Development Manager Email: stuart.gibbons@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 226218.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, via the officer contact below, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Consultees

Internal advice

Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee – 31st October 2018

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in Life

Decisions

Background papers

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