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Looked After Children (Hu3)

Cuts

Portfolio: Children and Young People Portfolio

£30,000 Contact Service

Contact services: as a result of other potential cuts to specialist support services (FIT: edge of care/therapeutic workers; YOS & ASB) there is a likelihood of increased numbers of children becoming looked after.

An increase in issuing Care Proceedings could result in an increase in Court Ordered Contact.  This could only be covered through sourcing contact externally or increasing staff costs.

 

Link: Hu3 Looked After Children

Related FAQs

The Council’s Children’s Services has already failed an Ofsted report – won’t cutting the budget make things worse?

The Council’s Children’s Services has already failed an Ofsted report – won’t cutting the budget make things worse?

We are spreading reductions over time to work with partners on new services. We now have an improvement plan in place to tackle the problems highlighted by Oftsed, which is getting us back on track, and ensures that all our services contribute to giving all children and young people in Darlington the best start in life.
Our proposals aim to develop a new service that combines early help with other support, which will include Children’s Centre delivery, early help and Troubled Families. Working with partners we are changing our approach, building on what works to target support at those children and families in greatest need. We are also strengthening our area social work teams and management in response to the Ofsted improvement plan. 

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Core AH2 (Adult Social Care Other Commitments)
Cut Hu01 (Childrens Centres, Early Help and intervention - Specialist Family Support)
Cut Hu03 (Looked After Children)

I understand there might be a need to but council none essential services but don't think social services should be one of them. What would happen if the council just stopped providing them? There must be at legislative need for housing, child services etc so would an agency be drafted in to do the work? It could be better all round if these services were privately run as the funding would then be in place. Also, attract more commercial business into town with lower unit rent and cheaper car parking,