Decision details

*Republished - no longer subject to call in* Children and Families Review

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

That proposals for a new structure for the Children and Families Service be implemented following consultation with staff and trade unions.

Reasons for the decision:

PLEASE NOTE This decision was originally published on or near the date of the decision and so call in no longer applies. It has been re-published as part of the change in committee management system that we use.

There was a need to review and restructure the Children & Families Service to enable the further alignment of children’s social care and prevention teams, moving to a locality model, whilst addressing budget reductions due to a number of non-recurring funding streams (totalling £1.2M) ceasing or likely to cease in the near future. The new structure will also ensure the delivery of further budget savings of £650K required to mainstream the No Wrong Door initiative, the de-delegation of Minority Ethnic Achievement funding and £100K remaining savings associated with Early Years. The new service model also increases capacity within safeguarding teams to address increased demand and/or changes in demand in relation to prevention cases.

Alternative options considered:

Other options were considered as part of the review as follows:
1 – do nothing
2 – reducing staffing through reduction of posts, vacancy management and removal of temporary posts.

Publication date: 30/04/2021