Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To review and agree on-going budget
requirements for the Partners in Practice programme which funds the
Clinical Practice team in Children's services.
That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration agreed a budget growth of £0.578m as a means of bridging the gap in funding that will otherwise arise because of the cessation of the Partners in Practice (PiP) programme and noted that this will enable the crucial work being undertaken by the Clinical Practice team to continue in 2020/21 and beyond.
Reasons for Decision
1. The Clinical Practice Team received funding from the Partners in Practice (PiP) programme between 2016/17 and 2019/20. The team has been pivotal in keeping Looked After Children (LAC) and Child Protection numbers at a significantly lower rate than the national average.
2. The annual cost of the team is £0.578m, however costs avoided because of lower than average LAC numbers and Child Protection orders when compared to the national average are estimated at £5.700m.
Publication date: 31/12/2020
Date of decision: 31/12/2020
Effective from: 09/01/2021