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Childrens Legal fees (Hu4)

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Portfolio: Children and Young People Portfolio

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Reduction in legal fees required for external professional advice regarding Child Protection cases. The reduction has arisen from lower demand from Courts for professional advice, reduced volume and use of in house expertise.

There is a risk that should the volume of care proceedings increase the associated legal costs will increase.

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Hu4  Childrens Legal fees

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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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Cut Hu04 (Childrens legal fees)

Stop the LA using Barristers in Care Proceedings, a waste of money spent... use the qualified Legal Team that are already employed (supposedly to do this), and use their time more effectively... they shouldnt be QA' ing reports... isnt that what Team Managers are for??