Members spent around 18 months carefully exploring options, convening two Scrutiny Committee Spotlight Reviews and taking evidence from a wide range of stakeholders. Intelligence was also gathered from other parts of the system, formally and informally, and Members discussed options with communities.
There were two public consultations and these responses were considered by Members before the final decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on 9 February 2018.
By bringing the service in-house, it was agreed that we will have more opportunities to align it with other important services for children and young people, and review future options. Doing the best for families, children and young people is critical to this decision and this option best enables the service to work in a more integrated way with education and social care.