Decision details

Children's and Families System Transformation Part 2

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A description of Phase 2 of the Children and Families System Transformation and a recommendation for investment and model which will deliver a whole system approach to supporting all Staffordshire's Children, Young People and Families.



“Our top priority is protecting vulnerable children and supporting them to become happy, confident, independent adults and we want to achieve that by keeping them out of care where it is safe to do so.


This investment targets early intervention and the search for individual solutions in the family group and community, rather than placing children ‘in the system.


This local approach complements our work in other parts of the children and families, including SEND, where we are moving towards local and sustainable solutions.”


Mark Sutton Cabinet Member for Children and Young People


Reasons for the Decision – To consider a new operating model for the Children's and Families System based upon a district footprint which will better support the child and family, enable a more flexible approach to resource allocation and facilitate more equitable demand/workload management.


Decision (a) That the Staffordshire model and the required investment of £8.1m be endorsed; and that the impact on the MTFS and that it has been assumed that the £3.3m MTFS which has been carried forward since 2017/18 will now be deleted, be noted. 


(b) That the timescales for the investment and the related benefits be acknowledged and agreed.


(c) That it be acknowledged that the Families and Communities Senior Leadership Team will work with county council employees and partners to design a district model and return to present this ahead of April 2021.


(d) That Cabinet monitors the progress towards achieving the benefits described.


(e) That a further report on the SEND Transformation Programme, including any investment requirements, be submitted to Cabinet at a future date.

Report author: Janene Cox

Publication date: 21/11/2019

Date of decision: 20/11/2019

Decided at meeting: 20/11/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/11/2019

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