Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Friday 31 January 2014
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Andy Ferguson (Chairman)-North West Dumfries
Ted Thompson (Vice Chairman)-Lochar
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas & Glenkens
James Dempster-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Iain W Dick-Stranraer & North Rhins
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane Maitland-Dee
Denis Male-Annandale East & Eskdale
John Martin-Nith
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Willie Scobie-Stranraer & North Rhins
John Syme-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Sean McGleenan - Interim Chief Social Work Officer
Claire Thomson - Governance Officer
Allan Monteforte - Senior Social Work Manager
Sean Barrett - Devolved Finance Manager
Colin Pentland - Finance Officer
Geoff Dean - Senior Social Work Manager
Peter David - Senior Social Work Manager
Sheila McKie - Acting Senior Business Manager
Paul Clarkin - Head of Organisational Development & Human Resources
Matthew Healy - Interim Project Business Manager
Apologies:
Ivor Hyslop - Lochar
David Stitt - Abbey
Graeme Tait - Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

14 Members present, 4 apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

 
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 12 DECEMBER 2013 (FOR APPROVAL)

Decision

 

AGREED

 

MEMBER Iain Dick entered the meeting - 15 Members present

 
4 ADULT SOCIAL WORK SERVICES REVIEW PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

4.1 NOTED progress to date on the Adult Social Work Services review for people aged 16-65;

 

4.2 AGREED the further reporting schedule and that Officers would provide further information to all Members in advance of the report to the April meeting in relation to the review confirming compliance with the Service Review Toolkit.; and

 

4.3 NOTED arrangements for monitoring the implementation of the findings of the review.

Senior Social Work Manager - Geoff

5 ESCALATION REPORT - BUDGET PRESSURES - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1 the two budget pressures facing Social Work Services in respect of agency placements and children with disabilities and the measures that Social Work Services are taking to control these areas of spend;

 

5.2 that these pressures would be considered as part of the reviews agreed at Committee on 20 June 2013 and would inform the 2014/15 social work budget; and

 

5.3 the shifts in service provision and practice to early intervention/prevention.

 
6 SCRUTINY OF BUDGET PROPOSAL 2014/15 - 2016/17 - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

SCRUTINISED the details of those elements of the Administration budget proposal that related to Social Work Services in line with the agreed Budget Development Process and Timetable.

MEMBER - Denis Male left the meeting - 14 Member present

 
7 CARE HOME CHARGES - DEFERRED PAYMENT SCHEME - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED the deferred payment scheme, as detailed at the Appendix to the report, for immediate implementation.

 
8 REDESIGNING THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE SYSTEM: A CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS - SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

8.1 the synopsis of Scottish Government publication on Redesigning the Community Justice System - A Consultation on Proposals of December 2013 as detailed at paragraphs 3.4-3.11 in the report;

 

8.2 the outline of the work undertaken by COSLA and the Association of Directors of Social Work in developing the proposals within that publication as detailed in paragraph 3.5 of the report;

 

8.3 the work being undertaken by the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority to facilitate those proposals, as detailed at paragraph 3.12 in the report;

 

AGREED

 

8.4 that, notwithstanding the full range of Community Justice Stakeholders, the Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work service would provide the lead in the development of responses to those proposals for consideration by Social Work Services Committee, other relevant Council Committees and the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Partnership, as detailed in paragraphs 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 3.15 and 3.16 in the report; and

 

8.5 that 20% of the budget for the Criminal Justice Social Work Service Manager would be sourced through the wider Social Work services budget and not the Criminal Justice Social Work Grant Allocation as detailed at paragraph 3.17 in the report.
 

 
9 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES -SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE (UPDATE) - REPORT BY THE INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

9.1 AGREED the proposed management structure, having reviewed the considerations at Annex A made in developing the proposed new structure including: staff feedback, advice from professional organisations, comparison with other local authorities, emerging guidance on the impact of adult health and social care legislation on Social Work Services, and regulatory and legal requirements for Chief Social Work Officer appointments;

 

9.2 NOTED that implementation would follow existing Human Resources policies and procedures in relation to Early Retirement and Voluntary Severance, Recruitment, Matching and Redeployment; and

 

9.3 AGREED to proceed with the appointment of the three Chief Officer posts being : Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice Services and Chief Social Work Officer; Head of Service Adult Services; and Head of Service Resources;

 

NOTED

 

9.4 the comments raised by the Joint Trades Unions and responses as detailed at section 3 in the report;

 

9.5 the revised outline steps and timetable for the recruitment and selection process for the three Chief Officer posts as detailed at Annex B and AGREED that this would be presented to Full Council on 6 February 2014.

 

MEMBERS - Gail Macgregor and Willie Scobie left the meeting - 12 Members present

 
10 APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - AREA SUPPORT TEAM - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to appoint Richard Brodie, Yen Hongmei Jin and John Syme to the Dumfries and Galloway Area Support Team.

 
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS WHICH THE CHAIRMAN MAY DECIDE IS URGENT DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman.

 
12 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
13 RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 15 NOVEMBER 2013 - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 
NOTED the response to the Complaints Review Panel, the progress made in implementing the actions identified and the learning points identified.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
4 Action by Senior Social Work Manager - Geoff - Adult Social Work Services Review completed in compliance with Toolkit and Head of Adult Services subsequently appointed