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Paper 5 - 18 March 2005 Meeting

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

18 March 2005

CHILDREN ACT 2004 - SECOND HAMPSHIRE CONSULTATION

Report by the Director ________________________________________________________________________

RECOMMENDATION

That Member authorities comment to the County Council by 30 April.
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1. Hampshire County Councilís second consultation paper "Implementing the Children Act in Hampshire" is attached for comment by Member authorities and partners.

2. The Association considered the Governmentís green paper "Every Child Matters" in November 2003. Subsequently "to assist member authorities prepare for implementation of the Children Bill" became part of the Associationís current action plan. Lead authorities are the four social services and education authorities. Dave Yates and Jules Samuels lead at Chief Executive level for the District Councils on the Hampshire Children and Young People Strategic Partnership. David Pettitt (Isle of Wight) and Peter Robertson (Hampshire) briefed members on the Children Act last November. Peter Robertson introduced the County Councilís first, more general, consultation with partners.

3. Members stressed the importance of reference to Local Strategic Partnerships and the need for the County Council to take account of District Council boundaries in making new arrangements for children and young people.

4. The County Councilís second, more detailed, consultation has now been produced (see Annex). Membersí comments are invited at the meeting and formal responses are sought by 30 April.

5. As noted at previous meetings, this is an extremely important piece of legislation. Partnership between statutory and other agencies is at its heart. Whilst some doubts about the potential effectiveness of further re-organisation have been voiced, on the positive side central government has placed implementation of this legislation firmly with local government. The role of all authorities is recognised, as is the significance of the voluntary sector.

6. Future joint area reviews of childrenís services will focus on partnership working and it is suggested that this subject should remain in the Associationís action plan next year.

NICK GOULDER
Director

Date: 7 March 2005
Annex: 1  
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

Last update: 08/03/2005
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

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