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New Liverpool City Region Adoption Agency launched

A Regional Adoption Agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral is set to be established. New Adoption Agency launched for Liverpool City Region

It follows a successful bid to the Government last year by local authorities on Merseyside to create a new organisation to get more children placed successfully as quickly as possible.

The new agency – set to be launched in January 2018 – will bring together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who will be seconded into the new organisation on their existing terms and conditions.

Responsibilities will include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.

Although the Regional Adoption Agency will have a centralised hub, staff will continue to have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.

Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters each year and place approximately 140 children for adoption.

John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said:

“In Sefton, we are currently looking for adoptive families for 16 local children and young people. We know that we often receive enquiries from across the Liverpool City Region, so it makes sense that we are collaborating with our neighbours to meet the challenges we face together and increase the potential for our vulnerable children to find a forever family.

“I’m looking forward to this new regional adoption agency making the process for would be adopters quicker and more effective as both they and children in Sefton and the wider region are matched so they begin their new family life.”

 

Consultation has already taken place with staff and trade unions, and adopters are also being kept informed.

Reports recommending the approval of the Regional Adoption Agency will be considered by each council’s Cabinet over the coming weeks, with Wirral Council the first to do so on Monday 27 March.

Crosby Village

Further improvement works in Crosby village are planned in the coming months. The next phase of environmental work is due to be completed by summer 2017 and will include replacement bins and benches, tidying of redundant street clutter and signage. The works have been funded through developer contributions from McCarthy + Stone and agreed through ward councillors in Crosby. On March 8, Sefton Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the 1930s Glenn Buildings on Moor Lane Crosby, including the replacement of the shop fronts. The scheme, submitted by St. Modwen, will see the creation of more flexible spaces on the ground floor and the refurbishment of the first floors. The existing retail unit next door will be demolished and redeveloped across two floors.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We believe the agreed application will provide a significant investment within Crosby village and also lets everyone know that Sefton is open for business. “The approval will begin to deliver the vision of the Crosby Investment Strategy, as well as linking into the Vision for Sefton 2030. We will continue to work closely with potential investors to the town and the wider borough to bring the Vision to life.” “Linked to the environmental works people will begin to see improvements to the appearance and character of the village centre.” David Nuttall, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Our plans for Crosby were given a welcome boost this month when our planning application to refurbish the Glenn Buildings South and construct a new unit at 10 Moor Lane was approved. “We are committed to Crosby and our plans will provide accommodation suitable for modern retailers, whilst maintaining the look and feel of the traditional high street. “We are delighted to have received considerable positive feedback from residents and retailers, and we hope to move forward with these works as soon as is practical.”

Other environmental improvement works completed to date in Crosby include: • New tree planting and removal of older trees • New power points for lighting • Street lighting – new lanterns and repainting columns • Relocation of CCTV camera • Installation of festoon lighting • Repaving central circle area • New Christmas lights

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