Local democracy during coronavirus

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates for more information on meetings and decisions.

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

Items
No. Item

23.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member is asked to declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests;

·        any prejudicial interests;

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member confirmed that he had no personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, nor any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests, to declare in the business on the agenda.

 

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Decision Session held on 11 February 2020.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the Decision Session held on 11 February 2020 be approved, to be signed by the Executive Member at a later date.

 

25.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Thursday 24 September 2020.

 

To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.  

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings

 

Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak at the session under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

26.

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The City of York Sufficiency Strategy sets out how the Local Authority and its partners will work together to provide the best environments for children in care and care leavers over the next three years.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved: That the Sufficiency Strategy as set out in Annex 1 to the report be agreed.

 

Reason:     In order to meet the requirement for the delivery of the Sufficiency Duty Strategy.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that set out the Sufficiency Duty. The City of York Sufficiency Strategy sets out how the Local Authority and its partners will work together to provide the best environments for children in care and care leavers over the next three years.

 

The Interim Group Manager Achieved Permanence gave an overview of the report and explained the council Sufficiency Strategy 2020-2023, which was set out at Annex 1 of the report. The Interim Group Manager explained the background, principles and context of the Strategy. He explained the six key objectives of the strategy and how they would be achieved. The six objectives were: 

 

1.   Children and young people will be supported to stay with their families where it is safe to do so

2.   We will focus on achieving permanency in a timely manner through adoption and special guardianship

3.   More children will live in a local placement

4.   All children will be matched with good quality placements which meet their needs

5.   All children in care will be prepared for independence and a healthy adulthood

6.   We will review all commissioned placements

 

The Executive Member acknowledged the impact of COVID-19 on the strategy, in particular in relation to the availability of foster carers and placements. He noted the reasons for the rise in the number of children in care.

 

In response to questions raised by the Executive Member, the Interim group Manager confirmed that:

·        The length of the strategy (three years) was down to individual local authorities to decide

·        Listening to and acting on the strong voice of children was important in the strategy and Corporate Parenting and Children in Care Strategy 2020-2023

·        Internet based foster recruitment campaign had been recommenced in June and much interest had been shown in this and four people had been taken through to the recruitment process and there was a focus on making sure children were safely discharged from care

·        High proportion of children being placed out of York was linked to children living with a connected carer (which could be a family member), and children being placed out of the York area for different reasons.

·        There were strong links with the health services, the Virtual Headteacher and other services. The Executive Member noted that the Virtual Headteacher had reported that children and young people had been engaged with virtual learning.

·        The profile of children in care had been fed into the projected requirements

·        With regard to the work needed to prepare a child and family for the discharge care orders, the authority would consult with the child and carers and undertake a special guardianship assessment. This would identify whether it was the appropriate plan and whether any support would be needed, there would also be an annual support plan developed by the local authority as well as a financial offer to support the special guardians.

·        There were six semi-independent living placements and plan is to develop those locally along with Wenlock Terrace for those young people outgrown  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

 

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