Agenda and draft minutes

Lead Member for Children and Families
Monday, 1st June, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: CC1, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Decisions made by the Lead Cabinet Members on 7 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

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Minutes:

1.1       The Lead Member approved as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 October 2019.

2.

Disclosures of interests

Disclosure by all Members present of personal interests in matters on the Agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Member regards the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct

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Minutes:

2.1       There were no disclosures of interest.

3.

Urgent items

Notification of items which the Lead Members consider to be urgent and propose to take at the end of the appropriate part of the Agenda

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Minutes:

3.1       There were no urgent items.

4.

Introduction of a Charging Policy for Children who are Accommodated at the request of their parents under Sec 20 of the Children Act (1989) pdf icon PDF 307 KB

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Minutes:

4.1       The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services seeking approval for the introduction of a Charging Policy to seek to recoup partial costs in defined circumstances when a child becomes Looked After at the request of parents.

4.2       The Lead Member RESOLVED to approve the introduction of the Charging Policy set out in Appendix 1 to seek to recoup partial costs in defined circumstances when a child becomes Looked After at the request of parents.

Reason

Within a wider Council budget that is under pressure, the specific budget that supports the care of children who are Looked After continues to be very challenging. It is reasonable toexpect parents to contribute to the costs for their child to be cared for when they request itand if they can afford to do so. It encourages parents not to abdicate responsibility for theirchild and emphasises the importance of parents continuing to be involved in their child’s life. It is unlikely in reality, however, that this will generate much or any income but may act as a partial deterrent to those parents who could afford to contribute but are presently not expected to do so, or who are unwilling to do so.