Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ted Thompson (Chairman)-Lochar
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas & Glenkens
James Dempster-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane Maitland-Dee
Denis Male-Annandale East & Eskdale
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
John Syme-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Chief Social Work Officer
Derek Crichton - Governance Officer
Graham Abrines - Head of Adult Services
Angela Paterson - Head of Resources
Colin Pentland - Finance Officer
Apologies:
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East & Eskdale
Iain W Dick - Stranraer & North Rhins
Willie Scobie - Stranraer & North Rhins
David Stitt - Abbey
Graeme Tait - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

PROCEDURE - The Vice Chairman assumed the role of Chairman for the meeting

 

PROCEDURE - NEW SOCIAL WORK APPOINTMENTS - the Chairman welcomed Lillian Cringles, Chief Social Work Officer/Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice, Angela Paterson, Head of Resources and Graham Abrines, Head of Adult Services, to the meeting.

 

13 Members present, 5 apologies and 1 Member not present at start of meeting

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 10 JULY 2014

Decision

 

AGREED

 

MEMBER - Gail Macgregor entered the meeting - 14 Members present

4 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING REPORT 2014/15 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2014 - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1 that based on the position as at the end of June 2014, Social Work Services were forecasting an overspend of £437K which equated to 0.55% of the 2014/15 budget;

 

4.2 that the Social Work Services Senior Management team were committed to returning a balanced budget and were actively progressing measures to control expenditure;

 

4.3 the progress against the delivery of the agreed savings applied to the Social Work Services budget; and

 

4.4 the update in respect of the Policy Development budgets which were provided to Social Work Services.

5 RESOURCING ADULT SERVICES REVIEWS - SOCIAL WORK SERVICES SUPPORT FUND REQUEST - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to recommend to the Policy and Resources Committee that two project managers be employed for a period of up to 12 months from the date of appointment, to take forward the specific work around adult services, using a maximum of £100k of ring-fenced funding from the Social Work Services Support Fund, with the resultant expected outputs from these additional appointments and acknowledged that the request met the criteria for the use of this Fund.

6 ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 18 JUNE - 19 JUNE 2014 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES… WITH PEOPLE, BY PEOPLE, FOR PEOPLE - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

6.1 the feedback on the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) Annual Conference 2014; and

 

6.2 that ADSW had rebranded to Social Work Scotland - Leading the Profession.

7 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.