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					           SALFORD CITY COUNCIL - RECORD OF DECISION

I, Councillor John Warmisham, Lead Member, Children’s Services in
exercise of the powers conferred on me by Paragraph B (2)(a)(xii) of the
Scheme of Delegation of the Council do hereby approve the disbanding
of the Adoption and Permanence Panel as an Adoption Panel from 30th
December 2005 and the creation of a new Adoption and Permanence
Panel from 3rd January 2006 to meet the requirements of the Adoption
and Children Act 2002 as detailed below.


   The Panel will operate as an Adoption and Permanence Panel
    meeting both the Adoption and Fostering Regulations.

   Panel Members are appointed as detailed in the table attached
    below . Membership is unchanged from the current Adoption and
    Permanence Panel except that:

        o Carolyn Williams, Principal Manager, Family Placement will
          cease to be a panel member and will become agency
          adviser to the panel in the post of Head of Service, Looked
          After Children.

        o Louise Lewis, Team Manager, Family Placement is
          appointed as a social worker member of the panel with
          expertise in adoption and fostering.

        o Andy Hampson, Head of Strategy and Accountability is
          appointed as Vice Chair of the Panel to replace Carolyn
          Williams.

        o Lorraine Ashton, Principal Solicitor / Team Leader, Legal
          Services Family Team is appointed as Legal Adviser to the
          Panel.

        o Recommendations of the Panel must be considered by the
          Agency Decision Maker who cannot be a member of the
          Panel. The Agency Decision Maker will be the Assistant
          Director (Inclusion Services).

   Members meet the requirements for appointment as set down in
    Regulations.
   Panel members and advisers have clearly defined roles and
    responsibilities. The specifications attached are agreed.



The reasons are:

     To meet the requirements of new legislation on implementation of
      the Adoption and Children Act 2002 on 30th December 2006 all
      Adoption Agencies are required to disband their old Adoption
      Panel and create a new panel.

Options considered and rejected were:

   This is a legal requirement.

   The Panel could operate as an Adoption Panel only but this would
    have an adverse impact on permanency planning for children.

The source of funding is:

   The Adoption and Children Act 2002 makes provision for
    payments to panel members.

   Kathy Mann will continue to be paid as Independent Panel Chair at
    her current rate of £40 per hour. The cost is met from the
    mainstream adoption budget.

   Louise Lewis is appointed as a social worker member of the panel.
    As she is part time worker she will work 17 additional days per
    year to cover time spent as a panel member. The cost will be met
    from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Grant.

   Other independent members receive travel expenses only at the
    council’s casual car user rate. The cost is met from the
    mainstream adoption budget.

There are no other financial implications.

Assessment of Risk
    The city council could not operate as an Adoption Agency without
     a properly constituted Adoption Panel.

Legal advice obtained from:
N/A

Financial advice obtained from:

John Hamson

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.
(If the documents disclose exempt or confidential information, they
should not be listed, but the following wording shall be inserted :"(The
relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are
not available for public inspection)" : -
   1. Background Information

   Panel Membership

   Adoption Panel
    The panel is to consist of no more than 10 members including an independent
     chair, 2 social workers each with at least 3 years post qualifying experience
     including direct experience of adoption work, an elected member, a medical
     adviser, and at least 3 independent members, 2 of whom should have
     personal experience of adoption.
    One member, not necessarily an independent member must be appointed as
     vice chair.
    The quorum for the panel is 5 members, which must include the chair or vice
     chair, at least one of the social workers and at least one independent
     member.
    Each panel member may serve a maximum of 3 x 3 year terms of office. The
     exception is the medical adviser who is appointed so long as they remain
     medical adviser to the agency.
    Appointments to the panel are personal and substitutions cannot be made.
    The panel is required to have legal advice available at each meeting.
    An Agency advisor to the panel must be appointed who should be a senior
     member of staff with at least 5 years relevant post qualifying experience and
     relevant management experience as determined by the agency.

A panel may act as an Adoption and Permanence Panel if the requirements of both
the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005 Legislation Fostering Service Regulations
2002 are met.

Fostering Panel
    The panel must consist of no more than 10 members including a chair, 2
      social workers employed by the Fostering Service provider, one with child
      care expertise and one with fostering expertise, an elected member and at
      least 4 other independent persons including one who is, or has within the
      previous 2 years been, a foster carer for another service provider.
     The quorum for the panel is 5 members, which must include the chair or vice
      chair, at least one of the social workers and at least two independent
      members.
     One member must be appointed as the vice chair.
     Each panel member may serve a maximum of 2 x 3 year terms of office.
     Appointments to the panel are personal and substitutions cannot be made.


  2. The following documents are also attached:
     a. Role specifications:


                   Panel Chair


                   Medical Adviser


                   Legal Adviser


                   Agency Adviser


                   Panel Member Protocol and Agreement

      b.    Panel Membership and Tenure of office table




Contact Officer: Carolyn Williams                   Tel. No 0161 603 4300

* This matter is also subject to consideration by the Lead Member
  for/Director of
  and, accordingly, has been referred to that Lead Member/Director
  for a decision
     * This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead
       Member/Director
     * This document records a key decision, but the matter was not
       included in the Council's
       Forward Plan and it has been dealt with under the emergency
       procedure

     * This decision is urgent and is not subject to call-in, in accordance
       with paragraph 5
       of the Decision Making Procedure Rules.
     * The appropriate Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the
       Childrens Services Scrutiny Committee.


           Signed Cllr John Warmisham                  Dated 10th January , 2006

           Lead Member

____________________________________________________________________________________



     *     This decision was published on 12th January , 2006


     *     This decision will come into force on 20th January , 2006,
           unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules

				
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