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Officer Decisions

Head of Children's Social Care - Darryl Freeman

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Decision to purchase additional spot purchases for the following:

Issue Based Advocacy for Children and Young People
Children and Young People’s Advocacy Independent Visiting Service.

Decision Taken:

• To spot purchase up to 2,593 hours per year (indicative 617 referrals) for Issue Based Advocacy for Children

• A purchase of an additional volume of 6 ‘matches’ for Independent Visitor services

The spot purchases are to be made under the existing contract with National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS), The Factory, 14 Alder Hills, Poole, BH12 4AS

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

There are higher levels of referrals for advocacy and Independent Visitors than the amount expected at the time of tender. DCC has confirmed that referrals are in line with the eligibility criteria for the services and according to the information available to us children and young people are benefitting from the service. The decision to purchase additional advocacy hours and Independent Visitors was made to ensure we are meeting our statutory duties to Children in Care and that we are providing support for children and young people to have their voice heard in Child Protection.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

Other options considered were to prioritise referrals for advocacy to remain within the contracted amount. This was not the preferred option at this time because of the potential impact on children and young people’s voice being heard in Child Protection.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:

No conflict of interest.

Contact for enquiries/further information: Darryl Freeman Position: Head of Children’s Social Care Email: darryl.freeman@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01392 383000
Decision Date: 7 October 2019

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: members.services@devon.gov.uk