101 Update on Lockdown 3 PDF 114 KB
To consider a presentation of the Director of
Children’s Services with an update on activities and
approaches throughout the third national lockdown.
The Panel received the
presentation of the Director of Children’s Services with an
update on the activities and ongoing work throughout the third
In response to Members’
questions, it was confirmed that:
- Enhanced support was
being offered to staff throughout the pandemic although staff
absences due to mental health and stress were lower than in the
previous year. Members noted that there would likely be a lasting
mental health impact both locally and on a national scale once the
pandemic had passed.
- The same criminal
checks were carried out for volunteers as well as for
- Virtual events and
meetings had generally experienced higher attendance particularly
from partner organisations who had found it difficult to attend
some physical meetings previously.
Services as a department was fit for the next decade and
transforming it’s practices continuously. Members noted the
considerable regulations around children’s social care but
that the department were striving to develop new and innovative
ways of working and improving. Members praised the departments
reactive response to the pandemic.
That the Children and
Families Advisory Panel notes the content of the