Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Stephen Thompson (Chairman)-Annandale North
David McKie (Vice Chairman)-North West Dumfries
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Dougie Campbell-Dee and Glenkens
John Campbell-Nith
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andrew Giusti-Stranraer and the Rhins
Iain Howie-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
David James-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Tracey Little-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Henry McClelland-Annandale South
Elaine Murray-Nith
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Tommy Sloan-Stranraer and the Rhins
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Head of Social Work/Chief Social Work Officer
Angela Paterson - Head of Resources and Support Services
Heather Collington - Interim Head of Adult Care
Sean Barrett - Finance and Information Officer
Rebecca Aldridge - Locality Social Work Manager
Gail Guest - Team Manager Criminal Justice
Rhona Lewis - Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
David Inglis - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Jane S Maitland - Dee and Glenkens
Ronnie Tait - Annandale East and Eskdale
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

17 Members present, 4 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 DELEGATIONS TO SOCIAL WORK SERVICES COMMITTTEE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

NOTED the remit of the Social Work Services Committee as detailed at paragraph 3.2 of the report.

4 MEMBERS INDUCTION - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

4.1 CONSIDERED the requirements in relation to developing Members understanding of Social Work Services’ activities; and

 

4.2 AGREED that a programme of induction and orientation be developed with Elected Members, reflecting their requirements and based on the considerations outlined at paragraph 3.7 of the report.

5 NON RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY CARE CHARGING POLICY 2017/18 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.1 to increase over 60’s income allowance in line with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pension increases, as detailed at paragraph 3.7 of the report; 

 

5.2 to remove war pensions from the income considered for charging, as detailed at paragraph 3.9 of the report;

 

5.3 to DEFER making a decision on whether the Council would no longer backdate refund of care charges where the individual has failed to inform of a change in financial circumstances, and FURTHER AGREED that a report be presented to a future Social Work Committee meeting which would set out why individuals are over charged and the process followed; and

 

5.4 to increase awareness among our service users that we consider disability related expenditure in line with our charging policy, as detailed at paragraph 3.13 of the report.

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

Decision

 

AGREED

6.1 to appoint John Campbell to Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland;

 

6.2 to appoint Stephen Thompson and David McKie to the Child Protection Committee;

6.3 to appoint David McKie to the Dumfries and Galloway Area Support Team;

 

6.4 to appoint Tracey Little the Dumfries and Galloway Care Trust;

6.5 to appoint Andrew Guisti to the Dumfries and Galloway Champions Board Wigtown; Gail Macgregor to the Dumfries and Galloway Champions Board Annandale & Eskdale; and Tracey Little to the Dumfries and Galloway Champions Board Nithsdale.;

6.6 to appoint Dougie Campbell to the Older Peoples’ Consultative Committee

6.7 to appoint David McKie to the Permanency Panel;

6.8 to appoint Dougie Campbell to the Temporary Fostering Panel;

 

6.9 to appoint Ronnie Nicholson to the Dumfries & Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership; and

 

6.10 to delegate the appointment to the Vice Chairman for Dumfries & Stewartry Women’s Aid.

6.11 NOTED that reports on further appointment to Outside Bodies (including substitute Members for the Permanency Panel and Temporary Fostering Panel above) would be submitted to a future Social Work Committee for consideration.

7 MINUTE OF THE DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ADULT PROTECTION COMMITTEE 8 DECEMBER 2016

Decision

 

NOTED

8 MINUTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE 20 FEBRUARY 2017

Decision

 

NOTED

9 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.

10 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.

 

MEMBERS - Ian Carruthers and Gail Macgregor left the meeting - 15 Members present.

EXEMPT
11 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON THURSDAY 2 MARCH 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

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

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

 

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

12 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON TUESDAY 7 MARCH 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

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

12.1 NOTED the report and AGREED the recommendations made by the Complaints Review Panel); and

 

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

13 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

 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

13.1 NOTED and AGREED the recommendations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

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

 

MEMBER - Ian Carruthers re-entered the meeting - 16 Members present

14 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

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.

15 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON THURSDAY 25 MAY 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

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

15.1 NOTED and AGREED the comments by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

15.2 CONSIDERED and AGREED the actions taken by Social Work Services in response to the complaint.