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Paper 3 - 29 January 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

29 January 1999

QUALITY PROTECTS

Background Paper for the presentation by Terry Butler, Director of Social Services and Moira Swann, Commissioning Manager (Children and Families) Hampshire County Council

INTRODUCTION

1. The Quality Protects initiative is one of the major planks of the Government's agenda to modernise, co-ordinate and integrate services for disadvantaged groups. The initiative links closely to other initiatives and papers, such as "Modernising Health and Social Services", "Modernising Local Government", "Partnership in Action", "Modernising Social Services White Paper" and "National Childcare Strategy".

2. Quality Protects focuses on services for children and families with the intention of improving the well-being of children for whom the local authority has to take direct responsibility, most notably children in the public care system.

3. The Government intentions are to stimulate children's services to act towards children as a "well meaning natural parent". Local authorities - working together - should have aspirations for these children that reflect the aspirations for other children in the community, ie, good educational experience/achievements, health needs met with normal childhood leisure and social contacts. Local authorities should collaborate and work together to ensure that these aspirations are achieved.

MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE QUALITY PROTECTS PROGRAMME

4. Main elements include:

* new National Government objectives for children's services which set clear outcomes and require a holistic approach to planning and service delivery

* partnerships between central and local government and between authorities

* emphasis on the role of local authorities in delivering the programme, and the nomination of a lead officer

* Government special grant payable over the three years of the programme to drive very specific priorities

* Social Services authorities must submit management action plans outlining their intentions up to 2002 by 31 January 1999.

ROLE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE

5. Whilst a senior Social Services Department officer in the Unitary Authorities and County Council has lead responsibility for developing the initiative locally, the role of Chief Executive is emphasised in that the local authority corporately must ensure the full implementation of the Management Action Plan and seek corporate endorsement of the plan.

TERRY BUTLER
Director of Social Services, Hampshire County Council

Last update: 21/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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