Remodelling Children’s Care Programme
As you will be aware, the Council continues to operate in a challenging financial landscape, with a budget gap of £54.6m over the next three years being predicted. With uncertainty around future funding arrangements, it is imperative that the Council effectively prepares for the future.
Colleagues will already be aware that there are significant financial pressures facing the Department. Our monthly monitoring regime currently forecasts a departmental overspend of approximately £5m in 2017/18, representing 4.0% of the total CFCS budget (£138m).
Not only is demand on our services continuing to increase, but these services must be delivered within the constraints of an ever-reducing pool of resources. It is imperative that the Department makes best use of these reducing resources to deliver our core integrated safeguarding, educational and health related services, whilst ensuring that we are safely meeting the needs of our most vulnerable children, young people and families.
Initial work has been undertaken by the Department to consider how we might be able to address the financial shortfall identified in 2017/18, including a whole department review to identify areas of duplication, process efficiencies, agency spend, local authority benchmarking, management structures and opportunities for commercialisation. In addition to this, a number of high-level change programmes are being developed to consider how we could deliver services differently in the in the medium-to-long term.
Key to this programme of change is the Remodelling Children’s Care Programme, which aims to deliver consistent and improved care outcomes for children and young people whilst reducing the overall cost.
Colleagues are invited to attend a briefing event, delivered by Derek Higton and Steve Edwards, where the scope and aims of the Remodelling Children’s Care Programme will be presented. Service colleagues will be encouraged to get involved in activities to help shape what services may look like in the future against the backdrop of the challenging financial landscape.
Please try to attend if possible, but if you are unable to attend the key messages from the day will be made available to colleagues after the event.
Service Director, Children’s Social Care