social Work Leadership and Diversity on senior management board

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Dear Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,

I would like to request the below information in line with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

• The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members

• The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC

• Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC

• Is The Principal Social Worker a board member

• The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board and the ethnicity split.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Harvey

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your request for information regarding the adults social work board (reference number 02201). Your request was received on the 10/07/2017 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585852. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].

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Kind Regards,

Information Governance Team
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your request for information regarding the adults social work board (reference number 02201).

In order to respond to your request, please could you provide clarification on the following point:

What is meant by " The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members"?

The council do not have a board of directors but we do have a Senior Leadership Team consisting of senior managers from Adult Social Care. Please confirm that this is what you are referring to.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01254 585651

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Dear Accesstoinformation,

Thank you for your response and guidance in relation to my request. I can clarify that in the absence of a formal Adult Social Care Board I mean for the questions to be applied to the senior management team that delivers adult social care functions and report to the Director of Social Service (DASS) or whoever fulfills this statutory role (if defined by a different name in your authority).

Further in the absence of a formal Adults Social Care Board can you advise whether the PSW forms part if the senior management team as defined above

Yours sincerely,

Mark Harvey

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Dear Mark,

Thank you for your request for information regarding the adults social work board (reference number 02201); please see our response below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

• The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members

The local authority does not have an Adult Social Care (Social Services Board). It has an Executive Cabinet structure which consists of 6 members and which has a constitution under which it operates all its statutory and mandatory duties

• The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC

5 of the 6 members of the Executive Cabinet have a social work qualification; of these 5 members 4 are currently registered with the HCPC and 1 is currently re-registering following a change in role

• Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC

The Director of Adult Services does not have a social work qualification and is not currently registered with the HCPC

• Is The Principal Social Worker a board member

The Principal Social Worker is a member of the Executive Cabinet as defined in the first question

• The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board and the ethnicity split.

Gender = 50% male, 50% female. Due to the small number of individuals we are not providing the ethnicity split

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

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Kind Regards,

Information Governance Team
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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