Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The cabinet is asked to agree in principle the forming of a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) to be known as Adoption South East. The RAA will consist of Surrey, East Sussex & West Sussex County Councils and Brighton & Hove City Council.
1. That Surrey County Council’s participation in (the creation of) a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) to be known as Adoption South East (ASE) in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, and East and West Sussex County Councils was agreed.
2. That authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families to take any action necessary or incidental to the above including entering into and signing off the Partnership Agreement and any other agreement between Surrey County Council and the participating Authorities in order for the Regional Adoption arrangement to be implemented by 2020 was agreed.
3. That authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families to agree transfer of the Council’s contribution to the pooled RAA budget, in accordance with the terms of the Partnership Agreement was agreed.
Reason for Decision:
In response to the Action Plan for Adoption and alongside many other Councils Surrey County Council, in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council, East and West Sussex County Councils has developed a proposal to deliver its adoption services via a RAA. The Government has a power through the Education and Adoption Act 2016 which allows it to direct a Local Authority to join a Regionalised Adoption Agency if it has not already done so by 2020.
[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee]
Publication date: 17/07/2019
Date of decision: 16/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 16/07/2019 - Cabinet
Effective from: 25/07/2019