Agenda and minutes

Social Services Appeals Panel - Tuesday 1 September 2009 12.00 pm

Venue: Vinney Green Secure Accommodation Unit, Emerson Green Lane, Emerson Green, South Goucester

Contact: Miriam Wearing, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 020 8424 1542 E-mail:

No. Item




Appointment of Chairman

To note that the Independent Member, Caroline Ellis, will serve as Chairman of the Panel for this meeting.



RESOLVED:  That Caroline Ellis be appointed Chairman of the Panel for the purpose of this meeting.


Terms of Reference

To note the terms of reference as set out below:


“To review in accordance with the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 the Keeping of Children in Secure Accommodation.”



RESOLVED:  That the terms of reference of the Panel be noted.




[Note:  Social Services Appeals Panel minutes are:-


(1)               approved following each meeting by the Members serving on that particular occasion and signed as a correct record by the Chairman for that meeting;

(2)               not submitted to the next panel meeting for approval.


Reasons: The Social Services Appeals Panel is constituted from a pooled membership.  Consequently, a subsequent Panel meeting is likely to comprise a different Chairman and Members who took no part in the previous meeting’s proceedings.  The process referred to at (1) above provides appropriate approval scrutiny].


(See Note at conclusion of these minutes).


Exclusion of the Press and Public

To resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business, on the grounds that it may involve the likely disclosure of confidential information in breach of an obligation of confidence, or of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972:


Agenda Item No



Description of Exempt Information


Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation.

Information under paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, relating to any individual.




RESOLVED:  That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item for the reason set out below:







The Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation

Information under paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, relating to any individual.



The Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation


The Panel considered a report of the Corporate Director of Children’s Services which set out the background to the current situation and outlined the reasons why a secure placement was still considered necessary.  The Panel also considered a report from the Independent Investigator which gave an overview of the child’s situation and a report from the Secure Unit. The child did not attend the meeting.


The Panel carefully reviewed the case, taking into account the verbal updates from Children Services, the Independent Investigator and Secure Unit Officer.  It noted that the Local Authority had begun to negotiate with one non secure establishment that could be suitable and were looking at others, and that it would be seeking an extension of the Order to cover an interim period of transfer.  The Panel considered it important that there be a planned transition and was hopeful that plans for a non secure placement could be moved forward quickly.  It expressed its support for additional funding being made available to the new placement if required to ensure that the child’s particular needs for transfer were met.


Having considered all the views expressed at the meeting, the Panel agreed that the criteria for the placement in secure accommodation continued to apply, that the placement continued to be necessary and that no other description of accommodation was appropriate.


RESOLVED:  That the child remain in the Secure Unit for a period of three months from 1 September 2009.