Members of Knowsley Cabinet met on Wednesday, 5 April at 5pm.
Items on the agenda included:
Regionalisation of Adoption Services in the Liverpool City Region
Cabinet were asked to agree the proposed model for the Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral Regional Adoption Agency. The aims of the proposed agency are in line with the Government’s national objectives and would focus on improving a child’s journey through the adoption process. The proposed service model would have a regional base and a continued presence in each of the four local authority areas. If approved the agency would be set to launch in January 2018.
Knowsley’s Early Help Strategy 2017-20
Cabinet considered the Early Help Strategy for 2017-2020, a plan which aims to ensure that children and families get the right support at the right time. The strategy outlines six key priorities that will be addressed over the next three years, with the aim of reducing demand on Children’s Social Care and enabling families to thrive and for family members to meet their potential. Early Help is not the responsibility of one single agency and the Knowsley Children and Young People’s Partnership will be responsible for driving forward the Early Help Strategy.
Adoption of Statement of Community Involvement
Cabinet considered the adoption of an updated Statement of Community Involvement. This document is required by planning law and acts as a code of practice for the council to involve people in planning decisions. Knowsley’s current Statement of Community Involvement was adopted in May 2007 and is now out of date. The new Statement will ensure that the council’s consultation processes remain robust, relevant, and based upon current methods of communication.
Knowsley Lane Sustainable Urban Extension
Cabinet considered a proposal to carry out public consultation on the draft Knowsley Lane Sustainable Urban Extension Supplementary Planning Document. The document will provide guidance to developers and determine how the site at Knowsley Lane can be developed. Consultation will start on Thursday 13 April and full details will be available here on Knowsley News.
Adoption of Huyton Village Centre Masterplan
Members of the Cabinet will be considered the adoption of the Huyton Village Centre Masterplan which will guide and encourage new development in Huyton Village Centre over the next 15 years. It will also provide guidance to developers, Council officers and Planning Committee Members in preparing and making decisions on planning applications.
Combined Safeguarding Adults Board
Cabinet were asked to approve the creation of a Combined Safeguarding Adults Board for Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral. This will replace the existing boards in each local authority area. The Safeguarding Adults Board oversees and coordinates the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of its member and partner agencies to help and protect vulnerable adults. The creation of a combined board will provide a more strategic and co-ordinated approach to addressing safeguarding issues, offer better value for money and help raise standards.