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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: The Thornton Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G039). View directions

Contact: Louise Cook  Democracy Officer

Items
No. Item

24.

Declarations of Interest

At this point, Members are asked to declare:

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

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

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

 

Minutes:

At this point in the meeting, Members were invited to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they might have in relation to the business on the agenda or any other general interests they might have within the remit of the Board. None were declared.

25.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the last meeting of the Corporate Parenting Board, held on 26 November 2019 be approved and then signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

Members discussed the work plan and agreed to receive an update on the Placement Review at an appropriate future meeting.

 

The Board also considered the options available to include direct involvement of young people in care and Foster Carers and that similarly appropriate officers, individuals or partners could be invited to attend specific meetings where themes were relevant to them.

 

26.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak regarding an item on the agenda or an issue within the Board’s remit can do so. The deadline for registering is 5pm on Monday 17 February 2020.

 

Filming or Recording Meetings

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting.  Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officer (whose contact details are at the foot of this agenda) in advance of the meeting.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at

http://www.york.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809.pdf

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak under the Councils Public Participation Scheme.

27.

Pathway Team Update pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Members will receive an update on the work of the Pathway Team.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report that gave them an update of Pathway Team work in 2019.

 

The Pathway Manager was in attendance to give an update and he informed Members that the Pathway Team worked with young people, aged 16-25, who were previously looked after by the Local Authority. He discussed their main areas of work, as set out in the report and in answer to Members questions it was noted that:

 

·        2 unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) had been supported in their decision to move to London.

·        A range of accommodation options were available for our young people, including 4 small self-contained flats at Robinson Court.

·        6 care leavers were at Universities across the country and to support them their accommodation fees were provided along with a £2000 bursary to help with the cost of books and materials. Universities also provided support to care leavers to ensure they received all the possible help to complete their degrees.

·        The taster flat offered a young person the opportunity to experience living in the community fully supported for 4 to 6 weeks and the trainer flat provided the opportunity to live in a council property for 6 months, giving a real experience of independent living. Both options had been hugely popular and successful in 2019.

·        68% of young people were engaged in education, training and employment, which was significantly better than the national average of 49%.

 

Members expressed their thanks to the Dean Court Hotel for hosting an excellent Christmas celebration and they thanked officers for their report.

 

Resolved: That the report be noted.

 

Reason: To keep the Board updated.

28.

Placement Finding Commissioning and Support Team Update pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Members will receive an update on the developments and work of the Placement Finding Commissioning and Support Team, supporting strategies to support Good Safe Placements.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report that updated them on the developments and work of the Placement Finding Commissioning and Support Team.    

                                  

The Service Manager was in attendance to give an update and she informed the Board that the Team were responsible for supporting and training approved Foster Carers and matching and commissioning placements. She highlighted the Council’s offer and the ongoing developments. Members noted that:

 

·        Increased learning, development and training opportunities had been made available for Foster Carers, including a dedicated course for Connected Carers.

·        Links between Foster Carers and the Virtual School had improved and support was also available from the York Foster Carer Association.

·        In April 2019 the annual increase of Foster Carers fees were not agreed. This was appealed by Foster Carers and following an independent review, it was agreed to pay a 2% up lift to level 1 and 2 carers in order to strengthen the recruitment strategy.

 

In answer to Members questions, officers confirmed that:

 

·        Social Workers would monitor the delegated authority payment.

·        The three level’s linked to Foster Carer fees were banded in terms of experience, skills and knowledge.

·        The additional school holiday payment had been reduced from £400 to £300.

·        The long service award payment provided an incentive to retain Foster Carers. The payment was issued in instalments and started at £250, increasing every 5 years, to a maximum payment of £1000.

 

Member noted the ongoing work to provide safe and secure placements for our children and young people in care and they thanked officers for their update.

 

Resolved: That the report be noted.

 

Reason: To keep the Board updated.

29.

Assessing Permanent Carers Team Update pdf icon PDF 206 KB

This report has been completed to provide an update to Members regarding Fostering Recruitment.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report that provided an update regarding fostering recruitment.

 

The Service Manager was in attendance to give an update on the developments in the last year and the aims and objectives for the year ahead and Members noted that:

 

·        To ensure a continued awareness of fostering, various techniques and initiatives had been used throughout 2019 to provide a steady stream of information to the general public.

·        Enquiries had increased in 2019, with 9 Foster Carers being approved, which was a significant improvement on previous years.

·        Two companies had been appointed to lead on developing a Foster Carer recruitment campaign for 2020 and it was hoped that the campaign would see the number of ‘high quality’ enquires double.

 

In answer to Members questions, officers confirmed:

 

·     A stall would be present at York Pride 2020.

·     They would be consulting with the York Interfaith Group again to encourage people of a faith background to consider fostering.

·     All enquiries received were monitored and the reasons for not proceeding were recorded.

 

Members discussed the future recruitment direction and noted that officers were introducing tighter timescales to respond to Foster Carer enquiries, which should result in a full assessment and a panel decision being made within 8 months.

 

Members thanked officers for their report.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

 

Reason: To keep the Board updated.

 

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