To consider this report.
The Committee considered this report that explained that Officers were identifying opportunities for greater involvement of the community and voluntary sector in Young Carers support. It was explained that following the withdrawal of the proposal submitted to the meeting of the Cabinet last September an engagement exercise was being undertaken.
It was noted that this was different from a consultation as an engagement exercise was focused on obtaining general feedback and opinions whereas a consultation would be focused around specific proposals and there were no proposals currently for the Young Carers Service.
Officers had been working with the existing service and Young Carers to look at options to ensure the continuation of providing good outcomes for Young Carers and a sustainable service offer for the future. The current service model would therefore continue while the engagement work was undertaken so that Young Carers continued to receive support.
The report set out that the previous savings proposals were to be re-presented to Cabinet in February 2019 to provide assurance that the voluntary sector had the capacity to provide support services to the standard provided by the Council and the ability to access funds which were not open to the Council. It was noted that any future proposals would achieve a £200K saving to the Children’s budget for 2019/20.
It was explained that Officers were now exploring how the Young Carers services could be delivered differently in the future to ensure good outcomes for Young Carers as well as achieving good value for money, so the Council could ensure the provision was fit for the future.
It was noted that there were engagement events planned in different locations across the County and all Members were encouraged to attend. The report was accepted.