Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Friday 5 December 2014
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jim H Dempster (Chairman)-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Ted Thompson (Vice Chairman)-Lochar
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Iain W Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Ivor Hyslop-Lochar
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane Maitland-Dee
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Graeme Tait-Annandale South
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Chief Social Work Officer
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Graham Abrines - Head of Adult Services
Heather Collington - Operations Manager
Julie Sheehan - Lead Officer-Personalised Approaches
Irene Rodgers - Listen2Us Development Worker
Apologies:
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
Denis Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
David Stitt - Abbey
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

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

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Nicol declared an interest in item 5 by virtue of being a registered foster carer and, having taken advice, determined that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

3 "LISTEN 2 US" - PRESENTATION BY YOUNG PEOPLE

Decision

 

3.1 NOTED and COMMENDED the excellent presentation from the two young people, Stephen Rogerson and Mel Main.

 

MEMBER - Graham Nicol left the meeting - 14 Members present

4 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 9 OCTOBER 2014

Decision

 

AGREED with the amendment at 4.3 that this was specifically in relation to the Newton Stewart Activity and Resource Centre.

 

MEMBER - Graham Nicol returned to the meeting - 15 Members present
MEMBER - Gail Macgregor entered the meeting - 16 Members present

5 KINSHIP CARE POLICY REVIEW - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

DISSENT - Willie Scobie requested that his dissent be recorded having failed to secure a seconder for his procedural motion that there was insufficient information contained in the report before the Committee and to defer consideration for more information on the risk assessment in respect of each option being presented.

 

PROCEDURE - Members agreed that there was sufficient information before them to consider the report at this meeting.

 

NOTED 

 

5.1 the local and national policy contact for kinship care;

 

5.2 the issue raised nationally by the Equality and Human Rights Commission with respect to allowances paid to kinship carers of looked after children;

 

5.3 CONSIDERED the options for the revision of the kinship care policy presented in the Appendix to the report; 

 

5.4 AGREED to the implementation of option 4 by 1 April 2015; and

 

5.5 FURTHER AGREED to receive a report to the next meeting on the current status of lobbying activity in relation to Kinship Care.

 

MEMBER - Willie Scobie left the meeting - 15 Members present

6 HEAD OF SERVICE SIX MONTHLY ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS PLAN PERFORMANCE (APRIL 2014 - SEPTEMBER 2014) - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

6.1 REVIEWED the overall summary of performance of the Social Work Service; 

 

AGREED 

6.2 having scrutinised the exception reporting, that the actions proposed were adequate to improve performance and future monitoring of areas which had not met the target as detailed in the exception reports and RECOGNISING the areas of good practice/high performance where the target had been exceeded; and

 

6.3 to receive minutes from the Child Protection Committee and Adult Support and Protection Committee to this Committee on a regular basis, redacted as necessary.

MEMBER - Graeme Tait left the meeting - 14 Members present

7 PERSONALISED APPROACHES - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1 the project management approach that had been taken;

 

7.2 the national perspective in relation to Self-Directed Support implementation;

 

7.3 the progress to date;

 

7.4 the identified further developments;

 

7.5 AGREED to adjust the timings of the implementation stages based on the work that has currently been done by the Programme Board to assess progress in the current stage; and

 

7.6 NOTED the issue in relation to additional funding to support further implementation.

8 BRIEFING - INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN ROTHERHAM (JAY REPORT) - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

8.1 NOTED the summary of the Jay Report; and

 

8.2 AGREED to receive a presentation on the Report at the February Committee meeting and thereafter to Full Council and that copy of the Report and Executive Summary be sent to all Members of the Council.

9 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIAL WORK COMMUNITY PAYBACK ORDER (CPO) ANNUAL REPORT - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

9.1 completion of our requirement to submit an annual report on the operation of Community Payback Orders to Scottish Ministers; 

 

9.2 that the Community Payback Order Annual Report demonstrated a broad range of activities across the 9 requirements of Community Payback Orders, in particular the Unpaid Work activities and projects with positive feedback from both service users and recipients of work; and

 

9.3 COMMENDED the work undertaken by the Community Payback staff, external partners and the service users who had contributed to the success of the projects.

10 ESTABLISHMENT OF A LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN AND CARE LEAVERS’ CHAMPIONS’ BOARD FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

10.1 NOTED the local and national background to corporate parenting developments in relation to Dumfries and Galloway Looked After Children and Care Leavers;

 

10.2 AGREED to affirm their commitment to the Dumfries and Galloway Promise to Looked After Children; 

 

10.3 SUPPORTED the setting up of a Looked After Children and Care Leavers’ Champions’ Board with partners and young people; and


VOTE

10.4 MOTION by BRIAN COLLINS seconded by IAIN DICK to appoint Andy Ferguson as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Nithsdale.

 

10.5 AMENDMENT by JOHN SYME seconded by MARION McCUTCHEON to appoint David McKie as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Nithsdale.

10.6 On a vote taken by ballot, Members voted as follows:-

Motion - 7

Amendment - 6

Abstention - 1

Decision

10.7 AGREED to appoint Andy Ferguson as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Nithsdale.


VOTE

10.8 MOTION by JIM DEMPSTER seconded by DAVID McKIE to appoint David Stitt as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Stewartry.

 

10.9 AMENDMENT by IVOR HYSLOP seconded by GRAHAM NICOL to appoint Jane Maitland as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Stewartry.

10.10 On a vote taken by ballot, Members voted as follows:-

Motion - 4

Amendment - 10

Decision

10.11 AGREED to appoint Jane Maitland as the representative on the Champions’ Board for Stewartry.

 

AGREED

 

10.12 to appoint Graeme Tait for Annandale and Eskdale and Marion McCutcheon for Wigtown as the representatives on the Champions’ Board; and

 

10.13 that looked after children would be guaranteed an employment interview by the Council and our other partners.

11 APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY THE CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES/CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to appoint John Syme to Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland.

12 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.

13 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) of and paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
14 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 13 JUNE 2014 - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

14.1 NOTED the recommendations made by the Complaints Review Panel and the Officer’s response; and

 

14.2 AGREED the recommendations in the report.

15 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 6 AUGUST 2014 - REPORT BY CSWO/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

15.1 the recommendations made by the Complaints Review Panel and the Officer’s response; and

 

15.2 the actions proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel.