Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 29 September 2016
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jim H Dempster (Chairman)-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Ted Thompson (Vice Chairman)-Lochar
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Ivor Hyslop-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Andrew Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Chief Social Work Officer
Sean Barrett - Devolved Finance Manager
Colin Pentland - Finance Officer
Heather Collington - Interim Head of Adult Services
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
Iain W Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
David Stitt - Abbey
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

16 Members present, 2 apologies, 2 Members not present at start of meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 23 JUNE 2016

Decision

AMENDMENT - Item 7 - AGREED that Members were not in a position to provide a response to the NHS consultation and deferred the matter to the next Full Council meeting.

 

AGREED the amendment and NOTED the minute

4 CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING SERVICES - REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING REPORT 2016/17 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2016 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1 that as Children and Families Social Work Services were now part of Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning (CYPLL), these services will not be reported separately but presented as part of the CYPLL Services revenue budget monitoring report; 

 

4.2 that the Social Work Services section of CYPLL was projected to be £48k overspent against the 2016/17 agreed budget; and

 

4.3 the details of the Social Work Services budgets within CYPLL Services that were contained within sections 3.7 to 3.10 of the report.

 

MEMBER - Jane Maitland entered the meeting - 17 Members present

5 CARE AT HOME PAYMENT RATES 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1 that the tendering exercise proposed in the report to the 31 March 2016 Social Work Committee has now been completed;

 

5.2 that the full retendering of all external Care at Home provision has resulted in an estimated increase in cost of £2.044m for 2016/17, for the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017, and that the full year effect of the increase in the hourly rate paid to providers will be £4.105m from 2017/18 onwards;

 

5.3 that funding for the part-year cost of the increase in 2016/17 will come from the Social Care Fund which was already reflected within the integrated budget available for Adult Health and Social Care;

 

5.4 that commitments were received from providers with regard to payment of the Living Wage and that this will ensure that the commitment to pay all relevant care workers a Living Wage of £8.25 per hour from 1 October 2016 is complied with; and

 

5.5 that the information contained in this report was reported to the Integration Joint Board on 22 September 2016.

6 DIRECTOR’S END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS PLAN PERFORMANCE - SOCIAL WORK SERVICES 2015/16 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

REVIEWED

 

6.1 the 2015/16 Year End performance for Social Work Services;

 

6.2 the overall summary of performance for the department's Health and Safety action plan for the six month period October 2015 to March 2016;

 

6.3 SCRUTINISED the exception reporting and considered whether the actions proposed were adequate to improve performance and future monitoring of areas which have not met the target;

 

AGREED

 

6.4 that the Chief Social Work Officer would investigate the issues behind the Elected Member Enquiry Service (EMES) percentage in the exception report and come to a conclusion on what is appropriate to be recorded as an EMES; and

 

6.5 to receive additional information in the end of year performance report in relation to self-directed support on the service provision, assessment and percentages in relation to the number of children accessing options 1 and 3 of all children with disabilities.

 

DISSENT: Willie Scobie requested that his dissent be recorded having failed to secure a seconder for his motion to request an additional report which further explored the number of children with a disability accessing self-directed support options 1 and 3, whether they had had a full and appropriate assessment carried out and what resources were available across the region.

 

MEMBER - Ian Carruthers left the meeting - 16 Members present

7 2016 PROGRESS REVIEW OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: FINDINGS OF THE CARE INSPECTORATE - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1 the findings of the Care Inspectorate regarding positive progress with respect to the five priorities for improvement; and

 

7.2 the improvements identified within Social Work Services.

 

MEMBERS - Ian Carruthers returned to the meeting and Willie Scobie left the meeting - 16 Members present

8 EXTERNAL SCRUTINY OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES JANUARY- AUGUST 2016 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

8.1 NOTED the outcome of the scrutiny activity which took place during January and August 2016; and

 

8.2 CONSIDERED the progress being made in respect of the requirements and recommendations from inspection during the period January and August 2016.

9 APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED

 

9.1 to appoint David McKie to the Nithsdale Dumfries and Galloway Champions Board (Looked after Children and Care Leavers) and Denis Male to the Annandale and Eskdale Dumfries and Galloway Champions Board (Looked after Children and Care Leavers); and

 

9.2 to appoint John Syme to the Older Peoples’ Consultative Group.

10 MINUTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ADULT SUPPORT AND PROTECTION COMMITTEE - 10 MARCH 2016

Decision

 

NOTED

11 MINUTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE - 9 MAY 2016

Decision

 

NOTED

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

Decision

 

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

.

MEMBER - Ivor Hyslop left the meeting - 15 Members present

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 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
14 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 15 JUNE 2016

Summary of Report - This report provided Members with the findings of a Complaints Review Panel, together with the response of Social Work Services for their consideration.

 

Decision

14.1 NOTED the report and AGREED the recommendations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and 

 

14.2 CONSIDERED and AGREED the actions proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel.