Decision details

Together4Children Partnership (T4C)

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Endorse the Annual Review and agree a 3-year extension to the Partnership Agreement

Decision:

Sign-off of the Together4Children Partnership Agreement (delayed since September 2020).

The agreement requires signing by each DCS in the Partnership, Staffordshire County Council, Shropshire Council, City of Stoke-on Trent Council, and Telford & Wrekin Council.

Agreement for the continuation of the Together4Children Partnership arrangement for the period 01 April 2022 – 31 March 2025 as per T4C Regional Board recommendation.

Alternative options considered:

The signing of the T4C Partnership Agreement is an outstanding piece of work from the Project Development phase of the T4C Arrangements. This has been significantly delayed as a result of project support capacity, Covid-19, and time spent reaching consensus across the legal services representatives for the partner LAs.

The Agreement underpins the arrangements to deliver adoption provision via a Regional Adoption Agencies. This became a legal expectation for Local Authorities following the enactment of the Education and Adoption Act 2016.

During the development phase of the Together4Children Partnership, a range of options were explored and analysed in order to identify the best arrangements to support the partnership’s vision and delivery.

The decision to agree the 3-year extension, is predicated on the outcome of the T4C Partnership Annual Review (March 2022) which makes the following recommendation:

T4C Board Members to endorse the Annual Review and agree/recommend a 3-year extension to the Partnership Agreement to continue to build on our successes, address challenges and consolidate regional service delivery.

Publication date: 22/06/2022

Date of decision: 30/06/2022