Restructure proposals for Durham County Council Children’s Social Care services **New**
I would like to inform you about proposals to make important changes to Children and Young People’s Services. Consultation with staff and Trade Unions on proposals to restructure a number of key services for children and families in County Durham is currently underway. These services are:
The One Point Service, including Children’s Centres
Families First Teams
Child Protection Teams
These proposals are designed to build on our learning over the last few years about effective approaches, which will be embedded through these proposals and to respond to recommendations from the Ofsted inspection of children in need of help and protection in 2016. The proposals are also designed to respond to pressures currently faced by the service, particularly in relation to demand from children and young people who need protection including those who need to be looked after. In particular, the proposals are intended to:
If agreed, the proposals will result in the following main changes to service:
The Council is required to reduce its spending by a further £60 million by 2020, in addition to the £186 million delivered since 2011. These proposals will deliver a saving of £2 million.
The formal consultation period with affected staff runs until December 6th. Implementation of the new arrangements is planned from the first week in February.
The proposals do not affect the Looked After Children and Leaving Care service, Children’s Services Reform and the Youth Offending Service, although some of these are affected by separate proposals.
Partnership will continue to be at the heart of our work. If you would like to discuss these proposals, or wish to comment on them, please contact me, Carole Payne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Services Referral Form – Briefing Sessions **Current**
The Children’s Services Referral Form has been totally revamped; this includes re-aligning the order of information needed and to reduce the amount of paperwork you are required to complete as part of the initial referral. Links to key documents such as the 0-19 Level of Need threshold document are now embedded into the referral form to make it much easier for you to use.
upporting Vulnerable Families **Current**