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North Yorkshire CC: Placements DL7

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Placements

The cost of placements is under pressure, both from demand and changes in national policy, transfer of costs from other bodies and other externally-driven pressures through court decisions, statutory guidance and the high national profile of the adoption agenda. To meet these pressures some additional resources were set aside from within the Directorate’s budget but this has now had to be reviewed following the impact of the Settlement and some of the savings proposed arise from reducing those resources. This is the case for Friends and Family Care and the Costs of Secure Remand. In the latter case, we will commission external or internal providers for young people to be diverted from remand so as to contain expenditure on transfer from Justice Department.

We will also review and recommission specialist residential and respite provision for multipli-vulnerable teenagers to reduce long distance placements. A saving up to equivalent of 3 short term high cost placements per year is targeted, although achievability will be linked to the effect of low volatility but high-cost placements.

We will also look to better integration of services working with high needs, multipli-vulnerable teenagers to provide a more integrated, cost-effective service for acute casework management. Savings will be through staffing, including management and commissioning with a limited frontline impact.

Savings £000’s
2013- 2014: 280
2014- 2015: 200
Total: 480

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