Clackmannanshire Council has considered the guidance provided recently by the Scottish Government and has decided to defer finalising our new Children’s Services Plan 2020-23.
To ensure that our new Plan is truly transformational and will enable our young people to receive the help and support they require to help them flourish and reach their potential, we have revised our timetable for developing and finalising our new two-year Children’s Services Plan for 2021-23. This will be submitted to the Scottish Government by 30th April 2021, having been considered by full Council at its meeting on 22nd April 2021.
In November 2019, the Strategic Director for People presented a report to Clackmannanshire’s People Committee summarising progress against the 2017-20 Children’s Services Plan. The Committee was advised that the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Group had initiated the process to create the 2020-23 Plan.
Two workshops were held in early 2020 with all partners being present. Unfortunately, this process was then impacted on by Covid response activity which prevented the completion of the planning process.
In addition to preventing the completion of the planning process, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shifting landscape for the local authority. As a consequence, our Children’s Services Plan, alongside other aligned plans, require to be revised and amended.
The above will allow a full consultation process to be completed to ensure that our Children’s Services Plan incorporates the views of our children, young people, families and communities.
Core to our plan will be the findings and recommendations of the Independent Care Review ‘The Promise’ which was published at the end of March 2020. We have given a commitment to changing and improving our practice so that the lives of children and young people in our care system can be transformed. This additional time will ensure that we can deliver on our promise.
Chief Social Work Officer