Decision details

Investing in Fostering and Placement Support Services

Reference: D56411

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the development of proposals and initial investment in fostering and placement support services to continue to improve outcomes for children by creating increased in-house capacity for children and young people to reduce reliance on externally commissioned fostering and residential placements and in so doing to generate savings across children and family’s placement budgets. 


The Director of Children & Families has agreed to:

a)  Note the content of the report and invest to save proposition for new capacity within the fostering and placement support services;

b)  Approve the overall business case as described in this report; and

c)  Approve the establishment of the required new posts, as identified at appendix 1.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Adults & Children's Social Care and Health Partnerships

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The initial proposals were considered by Executive Board on 22nd September 2021 and included in the consultation on budget proposals in advance of the 2022/23 budget.

Consultation in relation to those decisions which flow from this will take place incrementally in relation to relevant elements of the proposal, and will be detailed in relevant reports.


Executive Member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships

Corporate Parenting Board

Foster Carer Liaison Group and wider foster care community

Children and Young People

Trade Unions and Staff

Contact: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After 07545 604328 Email:

Publication date: 24/05/2023

Date of decision: 02/06/2023

Date comes into force if not called in: 10/06/2023

Call-in deadline date: 09/06/2023

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