The Chair welcomed the Specialist Commissioning &
Procurement Senior Manager to the meeting to provide an overview of the
highlight report of the Sufficiency action plan were was devised out the
corporate Parenting Board Strategy.
The Sufficiency Action
Plan will be reviewed and updated as actions are completed or as new work is
identified in the event of any changes to our sufficiency needs over the 3-year
cycle of our plan.
The Sufficiency action
plan was broken up into 6 themed areas, with a key accountable officer who
works closely with the Manager.
The Manager provided an
overview of the key progress to date against each them and these are bulleted
Theme 1 - Strengthening Commissioning for Children and Young People
- Work has commenced on the introduction
of Controcc in to Children’s in order to bring
efficiencies in payment processes and strengthen our demand modelling
already achieved in Adults.
- Middlesbrough Council held an
Independent Fostering Agency Provider Event in June 2021 which was very
Theme 2 – Increasing Placements Close to where Children and Young People
live and learn
- Partner in Practice work was undertaken
with in-house fostering and has been put on hold as a business case for
internal change has been submitted for approval.
- Regional work on future procurement of a
regional framework continues and the commissioning model has been received
and circulated internally for review.
- Internal unregulated provision opened
and is actively being used with 7 young people currently being supported.
- Rosecroft Children’s Home
has re-opened with an increase in beds to 5 and now specifically offering
support to young people aged 16+ in order to support move on to
- Continue to work with the region in
order to identify any opportunities for collaboration. Currently awaiting set up of a regional
Theme 3 – Growing Early Intervention & Prevention
- PAUSE continues to provide monitoring
information on the women engaged and the positive outcomes they are
achieving, this has resulted in an extension to the current contract.
- Pilot Early Intervention and Prevention
service has commenced and is being closely monitored. A formal review will be undertaken in
order to ensure proof of concept and confirm future commissioning
Theme 4 – Improving Placements & Support for Care Leavers
- Business case has been submitted in
relation to increasing supported lodging providers internally and is
awaiting sign off.
Theme 5 – Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Children & Young People
- Work currently being undertaken with the
Head of Virtual schools. Discussions have commenced with the Boarding
School providers in order to expand the opportunities for our children and
young people and increase placement choice.
Theme 6 – Building Our Fostering Capacity and Adoption Outcomes
- Business case for internal change has
been submitted for approval.
In terms of impact and
performance, the Manager outlined that there had been opened engagement with
the Independent Fostering market which was really positive and gave an
opportunity to feedback and update them on our improvement journey and
aspirations for the future. She also advised that external placement numbers
have decreased and plat toed and the Council are now monitoring these weekly
focusing on both internal and external placement changes.
In terms of next steps,
the Manager advised that the following would be undertaken:
- Review and update the Sufficiency Action
Plan to make sure its fit for purpose
- Unregulated provision changes needs to
be added to plan
- A schedule for provider engagement to be
developed to ensure networking with the market continues to develop
- Ensure the regional work meets the needs
of Middlesbrough and where not continue to work independently
- Work with in-house fostering to
understand the business plan for the future which in turn can identify our
commissioning intentions moving forward
presentation, one of the care leavers in attendance advised that she was part
of the foster carers’ panel and they were currently doing some marketing to get
more foster carers, and the Manager advised a meeting would be scheduled to
pursue this further.
AGREED- That the action
plan be noted.