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Adopt London West Regional Adoption Agency - Partnership Agreement

In consultation with the Lead Member for Children’s Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care, the Director of Finance and Director of Legal, HR, Audit & Investigations the Strategic Director, Children & Young People to approve the terms and enter into a Partnership Agreement between Brent and the three other boroughs involved in Adopt West London.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Signficant expenditure/savings of £500k or more;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/08/2019

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The decision to formally enter into the Partnership Agreement was delegated to the Strategic Director, Children & Young People by Cabinet on 15 April 2019. Whilst the subsequent decision was included on the Forward Plan, the complexities involved in formally agreeing the terms of the Partnership Agreement between the four local authorities involved during July and August have meant it will no longer be possible to provide the full 28 day period of notice. The regional adoption agency is due to come into effect on 2 September 2019 requiring the Partnership Agreement between Brent and the other boroughs involved to be approved by that date. As a central government initiative there is no option to extend beyond this date.

As a result of the requirement to enter into the Partnership Agreement by the 2 September 2019 approval has also been obtained under the urgency procedure to the call-in period relating to this decision being waived and dis-applied.

Decision due: Not before 2 Sep 2019 by Strategic Director - Children and Young People

Lead member: Lead Member for Children’s Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care

Lead director: Strategic Director - Children and Young People

Department: Children and Young People

Contact: Nigel Chapman, Operational Director Integration & Improved Outcomes Email: nigel.chapman@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 4456.

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