Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time:
10:30am
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
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andrew Giusti-Stranraer and the Rhins
Iain Howie-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
David Inglis-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
David James-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee and Glenkens
Elaine Murray-Nith
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Tommy Sloan-Stranraer and the Rhins
Ronnie Tait-Annandale East and Eskdale
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Head of Social Work/Chief Social Work Officer
Elizabeth Bell - Manager Children & Families
Angela Paterson - Head of Resources & Support Services
Sean Barrett - Finance & Information Officer
Heather Collington - Interim Head of Adult Care
James McDowall - Organisational Development Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and the Rhins
Apologies:
Tracey Little - Lochar
Henry McClelland - Annandale South
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

19 Members present, 2 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 21 JUNE 2017

Decision

 

NOTED

4 KINSHIP CARE - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

PROCEDURE - With the agreement of the Chairman, in accordance with Standing Order 17.3, Willie Scobie addressed the Committee.

 

Decision

AGREED

 

4.1 the revised Kinship Care Policy and Procedure in accordance with the recent Scottish Government legislation subject to an amendment at 5.9.2 to advise that financial support, outwith the Kinship Care Allowance can be made available in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of Social Work Managers on behalf of the Head of Social Work/Chief Social Work Officer;

 

4.2 the amended eligibility and assessment requirements and financial support to 16 - 18 year old young people in kinship care placements who are subject to Residence Orders; 

 

4.3 to extend the current policy to cover 16-18 year olds in full time education and have been subject to residence orders would total £82k in 2017/18 (para 3.13) and a further £41k (para 3.16) in 2018/19; 

 

NOTED

 

4.4 the pressure on the Kinship Care allowances budget arising from demographic growth in the current year (see para 3.20) which equated to £159k which would need to be accommodated within the overall budget for Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning; 

 

4.5 that the extension to 16-18 years olds as described in the report creates a further budget pressure for 2017/18 of £82k and an additional ongoing £41k from 2018/19 - this is shown in Table 1. The pressure in the current year will be managed within existing resources. The ongoing requirement for additional funding will be addressed as part of the process of budget setting for 2018/19; and

 

4.6 REQUESTED that lobbying of the Scottish Government and CoSLA with regard to kinship care in terms of the legislative changes and guidance in relation to Residence Orders be taken forward as appropriate through the Council’s Lobbying Strategy. 

5 SENSORY SUPPORT - TAPE SERVICE - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1 the extent of consultation undertaken in the course of the review of the tape service as detailed at paragraph 3.6-3.7;

 

5.2 that there are a number of alternative, accessible services available to Dumfries and Galloway residents with visual impairment as detailed at paragraph 3.9-3.10;

 

5.3 that there is reducing demand for the tape service as detailed at paragraph 3.7; and

 

5.4 that there is reducing output from volunteers for the tape service as detailed at paragraph 3.16; 

 

AGREED

 

5.5 to support the proposal that the Sensory Support team assist the few remaining service users of the tape service to transfer to alternative sources of comparable services as detailed at paragraph 3.17; 

 

5.6 to advise the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board of the review of the Tape Service and the outcome of the review for their consideration; and

 

5.7 RECOGNISED the importance of the work of the volunteers of the Tape Service and acknowledged their contributions.

 

MEMBER - Tommy Sloan left the meeting - 18 Members present

6 INTEGRATED WORKFORCE PLAN - HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - REPORT BY HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES AND ASSETS

Decision

 

6.1 CONSIDERED the Integrated Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care, for the period 2016 to 2019 (2017 Refresh) (Appendix);

 

NOTED

 

6.2 that the Workforce Plan would be reviewed on an ongoing basis and progress reported to the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board for agreement on an annual basis as detailed at paragraph 3.5; and REQUESTED that this Committee receive updates and are consulted as part of this annual review process; and

 

6.3 that the Integration Organisational Development Steering Group would develop operational workforce plans which complement the strategic aims of the Integrated Workforce Plan as detailed at paragraph 3.6.

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

Decision

 

AGREED

 

7.1 to appoint Iain Howie to the Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland;

 

7.2 not to appoint a further two Members to the Dumfries & Galloway Area Support Team at this time;

 

7.3 not to appoint a second Member to the Dumfries and Galloway Care Trust at this time; 

 

7.4 to appoint Jane Maitland to the Dumfries & Galloway Champions Board for Stewartry; 

 

7.5 not to appoint a substitute to the Permanency Panel at this time; and

 

7.6 to appoint Ronnie Nicholson as a substitute to the Temporary Fostering Panel. 

8 EXTERNAL SCRUTINY OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - MARCH 2017 - SEPTEMBER 2017 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIALWORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

8.1 NOTED the outcome of the scrutiny activity which took place between March and September 2017; and

8.2 CONSIDERED the progress being made in respect of the requirements and recommendations from inspection during reporting period March - September 2017.

9 MINUTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE 24 APRIL 2017

Decision

 

NOTED

10 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.