Social Services Appeals Panel - Friday 8 January 2010 11.30 am, POSTPONED

Venue: Clare Lodge Secure Unit, 104 Welmore Road, Peterborough, PE6 7LU

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

Note No. Item



Appointment of Chairman

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




[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].


Guidance Notes pdf icon PDF 17 KB

To note the enclosed guidance notes which set out the nature of the Panel.


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 involves 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


The 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.




The Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation


Report of the Head of Children and Families and Provided Services.



Report of the Independent Investigator.


Report of the Secure Unit.

Note:  In accordance with the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the following agenda item has been admitted late to the agenda by virtue of the special circumstances and urgency detailed below:-


Agenda item


Special Circumstances/Grounds for Urgency


6.(a) The Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation.

This report was not available at the time the agenda was printed and circulated.  Members are requested to consider this item, as a matter of urgency to allow them to make an informed decision.