List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated throughout in November 2021.

Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility

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: Senior Mannager, Specialist Services

Contact details:

Liz Spaven
liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 626262

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: Head of Safeguarding

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

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

Post title: Service Director, Children's Social Care

Contact details:

Graham Reiter
graham.reiter@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624049

PA: Wendy Cunningham
wendy.cunningham@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 622372

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: Senior Manager, Specialist Services

Contact details:

Liz Spaven
liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 626262

Designated Manager (Care Plans)

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

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

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

Post title: Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services

Contact details:

Cath McEvoy-Carr
cath.mcevoy-carr@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624034

PA: Abi Ridley
abigail.ridley@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623958

Designated Manager (Contact with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the suspension or termination of contact between a Looked After child 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: Senior Manager, Specialist Services

Contact details:

North and Central Localities:

Patrick Boyle
patrick.boyle@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624035 / 07837 725580

South East/West Locality:

Katie Scovell
Katie.Scovell@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623976

First Contact/ASYE Academy:

Neil O'Toole
neil.o'toole@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 536040 / 07989 167609

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: Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services

Contact details:

Cath McEvoy-Carr
cath.mcevoy-carr@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624034

PA: Abi Ridley
abigail.ridley@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623958

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

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

Post title: Head of Safeguarding

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Emigration)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked after child outside England and Wales.

Post title: Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services

Contact details:

Cath McEvoy-Carr
cath.mcevoy-carr@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624034

PA: Abi Ridley
abigail.ridley@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623958

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: Senior Manager - Specialist Services

Contact details:

Liz Spaven
liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 626262

Designated Manager (External Placements)

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

Post title: Head of Service

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Mary Connor
Mary.connor@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 620349

Designated Manager (Fostering Panel Appointments)

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

Post title: Senior Manager - Specialist Services

Contact details:

Liz Spaven
liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 626262

Designated Manager (Leaving Care)

The manager who can approve a Pathway Plan.

Post title: Senior Manager - Specialist Services

Contact details:

Sharron Pearson
sharron.pearson@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 622753

Designated Manager (Marriage/Civil Partnership)

The manager who can authorise the marriage/civil partnership of a Looked After child.

Post title: Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services

Contact details:

Cath McEvoy-Carr
cath.mcevoy-carr@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624034

PA: Abi Ridley
abigail.ridley@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623958

Designated Manager (Notifications)

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

Post title: Head of Service

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Designated Manager (Passports)

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

Post title: Service Director, Children's Social Care

Contact details:

Graham Reiter
graham.reiter@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624049

PA: Wendy Cunningham
wendy.cunningham@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 622372

Designated Manager (Placement Orders)

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

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

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: Senior Manager, Specialist Services

Contact details:

North and Central Localities:

Patrick Boyle
patrick.boyle@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624035 / 07837 725580

South East/West Locality:

Katie Scovell
Katie.scovell@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 629619 / 07766 205454

First Contact/ASYE Academy:

Neil O'Toole
neil.o'toole@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 536040 / 07989 167609

14/18+:

Sharron Pearson
sharron.pearson@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 622753

Designated Manager (Secure Accommodation)

The manager who can authorise:

A placement of a Looked After child 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

Contact details:

Cath McEvoy-Carr
cath.mcevoy-carr@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624034

PA: Abi Ridley
abigail.ridley@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623958

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can authorise Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Looked After child.

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

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: Senior Manager, Specialist Services

Contact details:

North and Central Localities:

Patrick Boyle
patrick.boyle@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624035 / 07837 725580

South East/West Locality:

Katie Scovell
Katie.Scovell@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623976

First Contact/ASYE Academy:

Neil O'Toole
neil.o'toole@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 536040 / 07989 167609

Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)

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

Post title: Service Director, Children's Social Care

Contact details:

Graham Reiter
graham.reiter@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 624049

PA: Wendy Cunningham
wendy.cunningham@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 622372

Nominated Officer (Fostering for Adoption)

The person who can authorise Fostering for Adoption.

Post title: Senior Manager - Specialist Services

Contact details:

Liz Spaven
liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 626262

Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)

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

Post title: Head of Service

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Mary Connor
Mary.connor@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 620349

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

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

Post title: Legal Gateway Panel Chair

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

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

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child 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: Head of Safeguarding

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Permission to Place in Unregulated Placement

Post title: Head of Service

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Mary Connor
Mary.connor@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 620349

Operations / General Anaesthetic

Post title: Head of Safeguarding

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Children Placed Out of County

Post title: Head of Service

Contact details:

Adele Wright
adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 623965

Mary Connor
Mary.connor@northumberland.gov.uk
01670 620349