Hampshire County Council

Cabinet

25 July 2005

Developing the Structure of Children's Services
SUMMARY of a confidential decision

Report of the Chief Executive

Item 16

Contact: Peter Robertson, 7300, email: peter.robertson@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

1.1 The following decision(s) are sought:

2. Reason

2.1 To implement the provision in the Children Act 2004 and ensure optimum leadership and management arrangements are in place to deliver the `Every Child Matters' agenda, in accordance with key corporate strategy aims for delivering efficient and effective services.

3. Other options considered and rejected

3.1 A range of structured options were considered but rejected on the grounds that strategic leadership of Children Services should be clear and unambiguous. Other options (i.e. more posts at DMT level) were considered to dilute accountability and confuse responsibility in a way which would compromise effectiveness.

4. Conflicts of interest declared by the decision maker or other Executive Member consulted - none.

5. Dispensation granted by the Standards Committee - none.

6. Reason for the matter being dealt with if urgent - not applicable

Approved by: ..................................... Date: ...................................
Councillor T.K. Thornber, CBE