Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Director of Children and Families submitted a report which presented an overview of the work undertaken by the Fostering Service during the period April 2020 to March 2021, as presented within the appended Annual Fostering Report. In addition, the report noted that the submission of an Annual Report was a requirement of the National Minimum Standards for Fostering.
In introducing the report, the Executive Member for Adults and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships highlighted several key points which included an update on the number of children currently in foster care, the range of positive publicity that Leeds had received in relation to its foster care provision, the offer provided in Leeds for Special Guardianship Order (SGO) carer roles, the actions being taken to increase foster carers from the BAME community and the role of Elected Members in the promotion of foster caring in their Wards.
Also, Members received an update regarding the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children which Leeds had taken into care over the relevant period.
(a) That the 2020 – 2021 Annual Fostering Report, as appended to the submitted report, be adopted, together with the service priorities for the forthcoming year; with it being noted that the actions arising from this resolution will be implemented during 2021-22;
(b) That the plan of the Fostering Service to continue to increase the range of carers and placements available, be noted and supported; with it also being noted that the actions arising from this resolution will be implemented during 2021-22;
(c) That it be noted that the responsible officer for such matters is the Deputy Head of Service, Corporate Parenting.
Publication date: 23/07/2021
Date of decision: 21/07/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Executive Board
Effective from: 31/07/2021