Issue details

Looked After Children & Complex Needs Accommodation Commissioning & Sufficiency Strategy 2019 – 2024

To approve the Council’s 2019-2024 commissioning intentions for the delivery of sufficient accommodation placements for looked after children and children with complex needs.

The Children Act, 1989, places a duty on local authorities to take steps that secure, so far as reasonably practicable, sufficient accommodation usually within the authority’s area which meets the needs of children that the local authority are looking after (‘the sufficiency duty’).

In 2018-2019, the council provided accommodation for over 300 children at a projected cost of £11.5m. Demand is expected to gradually reduce over the next five years as a result of improved edge of care and step-down arrangements.

The proposed commissioning and sufficiency encompasses the provision of foster care, residential children’s homes and supported accommodation for older young people. Provision may be delivered in-house by the Council or by external service providers.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/11/2018

Decision due: 28 February 2019 by Cabinet member children and families

Lead member: Cabinet member children and families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Richard Watson, Childrens joint commissioning manager Email: rwatson@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 383047.

Documents

  • Looked After Children & Complex Needs Accommodation Commissioning & Sufficiency Strategy 2019 – 2024