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7.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

AMENDMENT

These details were updated in November 2017.


Contents

  1. Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)
  2. Agency Decision Make (Fostering)
  3. Agency Decision Maker (Fostering for Adoption)
  4. Adoption Panel Appointments
  5. Adoption Support
  6. Care Plans
  7. Care Proceedings
  8. Change of Name
  9. Contact with Parents
  10. Death or Serious Injury to a Child
  11. Decision to Look After
  12. Emergency Protection Orders
  13. Emigration
  14. Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit
  15. External Placements
  16. Fostering Panel Appointments
  17. Leaving Care
  18. Marriage
  19. Notifications
  20. Passports
  21. Placement Orders
  22. Private Fostering
  23. Secure Accommodation
  24. Special Guardianship
  25. Special Guardianship Support
  26. Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)
  27. Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)
  28. Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Child Looked After with Connected Person)
  29. Nominated Officer (Placement of a Child Looked After subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)


Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility Post Title and Contact Details

Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on all adoption matters (some of which will be made on the basis of a recommendation of the Adoption Panel).

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Agency Decision Maker (Fostering)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on fostering matters (on the basis of recommendations of the Fostering Panel).

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Agency Decision Maker (Fostering for Adoption)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on fostering for adoption matters

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Adoption Panel members.

Post title: Strategic Manager - Resources

Contact details:

Becky Hopkins
bhopkins@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Adoption Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of adoption support to be provided to children, adopters (including financial support) and their family or birth family members.

Post title: Operations Manager - Resources

Contact details:

Suzanne Lyus
sslyus@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Care Plans)

The manager who can authorise the final Care Plan to be taken before the Court within Care Proceedings.

Post title: Operations Manager

Contact details:

Mendip, Colin Dryden cdryden@somerset.gov.uk

Sedgemoor, Wendy Hesford
whesford@somerset.gov.uk

South Somerset, Richard Burrows
rburrows@somerset.gov.uk

Taunton & West Somerset, Becky Hopkins
bhopkins@somerset.gov.uk

Children with Disabilities, Jackie Miles
jamiles@somerset.gov.uk

Children Looked After, Jason Pincott
jpincott@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

(via Legal Gateway Panel)

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

The manager who can authorise the change of name of a Child Looked After.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Contact with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the suspension or termination of contact between a Child Looked After and his or her parents (subject to the Court’s approval after 7 days for children on Emergency Protection Orders, Interim Care Orders or Care Orders).

Post title: Operations Managers

Contact details:

(see above)

Designated Manager (Death or Serious Injury to a Child)

The senior manager who should be notified in the event of death or serious injury to a child.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for an Emergency Protection Order.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emigration)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child Looked After outside England and Wales.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit)

The manager who can authorise any exemptions from the usual fostering limit for foster carers living in the local authority area.

Post title: Operations Manager (Resources)

Contact details:

Jo Manning
jsmanning@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (External Placements)

The manager who can authorise placements of Children Looked After with external providers of residential care or foster carers from an independent fostering agency.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Fostering Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Fostering Panel members

Post title: Operations Manager (Resources)

Contact details:

Jo Manning
jsmanning@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Leaving Care)

The manager who can approve a Pathway Plan.

Post title: Operations Manager, Leaving Care

Contact details:

Trish Lyons
tlyons@somerset.gov.uk

Post title: Children Looked After

Contact details:

Jason Pincott
jpincott@someret.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Marriage)

The manager who can authorise the marriage of a Child Looked After.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Notifications)

Where a Child Looked After from another local authority has been placed in the area, the manager to whom the notification should be sent.

Post title: Operations Manager, Somerset Direct – Christian Sweeney

Contact details: czsweeney@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Passports)

The manager who can authorise a passport application for a Child Looked After.

Post title: Operations Managers

Contact details:

(see above)

Designated Manager (Placement Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for a Placement Order.

Post title: Operations Managers

Contact details:

(see above)

Designated Manager (Private Fostering)

The manager who can approve assessments of private foster carers, impose requirements on private foster carers or decide to prohibit someone from acting as a private foster carer.

Post title: Operations Managers

(see above)

Designated Manager (Secure Accommodation)

The manager who can authorise:

A placement of a Child Looked After in secure accommodation for up to 72 hours without a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

An application for a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

A child’s continued secure placement on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel; and/or

Applications to renewal Secure Accommodation Orders on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel.

Post title: Director of Children’s Services (DCS)

Contact details:

Julian Wooster
jwooster@somerset.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can recommend Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Child Looked After.

Post title: Operations Manager

Contact details:

(see above)

In consultation with the Permanence Panel

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of special guardianship support to be provided, including financial support to special guardians.

Post title: Strategic Manager – Resources

Contact details:

Becky Hopkins
bhopkins@somerset.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)

The manager who can authorise the change of placement affecting a Child Looked After in Key Stage 4.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

In consultation with the Virtual Head.

Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child Looked After outside the area of the local authority.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Child Looked After with Connected Person)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child Looked After with a family or friend (‘Connected Person’) who is not already approved as a foster carer.

Post title: Strategic Manager – Resources

Contact details:

Becky Hopkins
bhopkins@somerset.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Placement of a Child Looked After subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child Looked After with a parent, person with Parental Responsibility or person who held a Residence Order/Child Arrangements Order specifying with whom the child was to reside immediately before the Care Order.

Post title: Deputy Director, Children's Services - Children and Families

Contact details:

Claire Winter
cwinter@somerset.gov.uk

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