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Meeting of the Executive held on 02/08/2004
APPENDIX I - A REVIEW OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE



Summary & Purpose
Providing services for young people is a key priority for the Council. In order to help improve the delivery of services, the Council has identified the need to undertake a review of the services it currently provides. The review will help shape a range of policies and priorities for future action. The review will involve a number of key partners as well as young people themselves. This report sets out the objectives of the review and seeks Members’ endorsement to establish a Special Interest Group to advise the Portfolio Holder on the scope and implementation of the review and assist in the process.

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APPENDIX I
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 2ND AUGUST 2004
[THIS MATTER WAS DEFERRED AT THE MEETING ON 12TH JULY]

Title:
A REVIEW OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

Providing services for young people is a key priority for the Council. In order to help improve the delivery of services, the Council has identified the need to undertake a review of the services it currently provides. The review will help shape a range of policies and priorities for future action. The review will involve a number of key partners as well as young people themselves. This report sets out the objectives of the review and seeks Members’ endorsement to establish a Special Interest Group to advise the Portfolio Holder on the scope and implementation of the review and assist in the process.

Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
N/A
N/A
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
N/A

The aim of the review will be to improve the quality of services provided within the Borough for young people. This in turn will improve the quality of life and the environment in which young people live within the Borough. The strategy will focus on initiatives, which address issues of social inclusion as well as identifying initiatives which will provide safe, healthy and active opportunities for young people which meet their identified needs.

E-Government implications:

It is intended that the Council’s web site will be used as a vehicle for consultation in relation to the development of the strategy. The final document will also be published on the web site.

Resource and legal implications:

The review itself will require officer time to support the process of undertaking the review of services for young people. Whilst there will be resource requirements arising from the action plan associated with the review, any resource requirements will be the subject of the Council’s budget process. It is not assumed that the resulting action plan will be delivered or resourced solely by the Council.

Introduction

National Context

1. The Government has recognised that a more co-ordinated approach to delivering services to young people is required and in March of this year introduced the Children’s Bill with the intention of maximising opportunity and minimising risk for every child and young person.

2. Among the key proposals are:-

v A new duty on agencies to co-operate among themselves and work with local partners to improve the well-being of children and young people so that all work to common outcomes.
v A tighter focus on child protection through a duty on key agencies to safeguard children and promote welfare.
v Enabling and encouraging local authorities, Primary Care Trusts and others to pool budgets and share information better to support more joining up, on the ground.

3. The implications of the Children’s Bill are potentially wide reaching and over time are likely to have a major impact both on statutory youth services and the services this Council provides in terms of organisation, information sharing and joint working. It is envisaged that the outcome of the review will assist the Council in responding to the requirements of the Children’s Bill.

Waverley Context

Waverley Borough Council

4. The need to provide services and facilities for young people has emerged as a high priority in the Council’s Corporate Strategy, and is reflected in both the Borough’s Community Strategy and Cultural Strategy, which have both been adopted by the Council. Although much good work has been undertaken and is currently provided by the Council in relation to services for young people, the emphasis to date has very much been on the provision of Leisure Services. Leisure is not the only service, which meets the needs of young people; many other services across the Council provide valuable support to young people living within the Borough. One of the key objectives of the new Licensing Act regime is protecting children from harm, but the Council also needs to bear in mind when making decisions, the interest of young people in live music.

5. In response to the Children’s Bill, there is a need to adopt a more co-ordinated approach to providing services for young people and a framework which clearly articulates what the Council aims to provide in terms of services. A clear action plan for making this happen will assist in future service planning and delivery. However, the Council acknowledges that it cannot develop this framework without taking into account other key service providers to ensure that the Council directs its services in the most appropriate way without duplicating services or omitting those services which are most needed.

Surrey County Council Youth Services

6. Surrey County Council has a statutory responsibility to deliver youth services across the County. The core functions of the county youth service are as follows:-

v Surrey Youth Development Service is for all young people between 11–25.
v The priority will be to engage with 13–19 year olds.
v The emphasis of the service will be working with those young people who are "disadvantaged", "at risk" and "socially excluded".
v Youth Development Service activities will be formal and informal, will be linked to raising achievement and standards and will be aimed at promoting inclusion and participation.
v All Youth Development Service provision will be based on need and will have measurable outcomes.
v Provision will be developed through partnerships when appropriate.
v The activities of the Surrey Youth Development Service will be primarily for personal and social development.
v Primary youth work will take place in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Voluntary Sector

7. Within Waverley there are a large number of voluntary sector organisations engaged in successfully delivering services for young people. Consideration will be given to the work of these organisations as part of the review.

The Objective of the Review

8. The key objectives of the review will be to:-

v Identify key needs within the Borough.
v Identify gaps in current service delivery.
v Raise awareness in the community of services and facilities available to young people.
v Identify opportunities for greater partnership working with other service providers and a more co-ordinated and joined-up approach to securing service delivery which meets local need.
v Develop a local action plan with key priorities which can be monitored and evaluated and feed into Waverley’s Community Strategy, Cultural Strategy and the Councils Corporate Plan.
v Provide a framework for service delivery by the Borough Council.
v Develop a mechanism to ensure that the voices of young people and stakeholders are heard on an ongoing basis.

9. There is recognition that the review cannot be undertaken in isolation. Due regard will be given to services provided for young people by external agencies within the Borough in order that a proper assessment is achieved, gaps and duplication are identified and partnerships encouraged to ensure continuous service improvements.

10. The review will take account of much of the consultation work that has been undertaken to date, including the Farnham Youth Survey, the Milford Youth Survey, Cranleigh and Haslemere Health Checks, Cultural Strategy Consultation and Community Stores. Consultation undertaken by partners will also be considered and, where necessary, new consultation requirements may be considered appropriate where gaps are identified as part of the review.

11. It is also proposed that the review is carried out with the rigour of a Best Value Review and that the Council's agreed process for a review is followed. The cross-cutting nature of this review seems to lend itself to this process. The proposed review of youth provision in relation to sports and recreation which is to be undertaken by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee should also be able to feed into the process of this review.

Conclusion

12. To move forward with the development of the strategy, it is recommended that a Special Interest Group (SIG) be constituted. The purpose of the SIG would be to consider the scope of the review, identify representation on the group, set out a timetable for the review and present the key findings and recommendations of the review to the Executive at a future date.

Recommendation

The Executive is recommended to:-

1. agree the objectives of the review as presented in this report; and

2. endorse the proposal to establish a Special Interest Group, comprising seven Members and other co-opted individuals as considered necessary, to assist in undertaking the review.

Background Papers (DoE&L)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Julie Maskery Telephone: 01483 523432

E-mail: jmaskery@waverley.gov.uk

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