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List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

AMENDMENT

This chapter was amended in June 2019. Removed: Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

If you are unable to speak to the Agency Decision Maker, Designated Manager or Nominated Officer:
Contact: Secretariat
Email: berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk
Tel: 0191 433 2702


Contents

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

Contact details:

Elaine Devaney
Tel: 0191 433 2704
Email: elainedevaney@gateshead.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: Service Director Social Work Children and Families

Contact details:

Elaine Devaney
Tel: 0191 433 2704
Email: elainedevaney@gateshead.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: Service Manager Looked After Children’s Service

Contact details:

Jill Little
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk or
lacbusinessadmin@gateshead.gov.uk

In her absence - Adoption Team Manager

Designated Manager (Care Plans)

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

Post title:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)
Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)
Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email
: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

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

Post title: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

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:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)
Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Service Director Social Work Children and Families

Contact details:

Elaine Devaney
Tel: 0191 433 2704
Email: elainedevaney@gateshead.gov.uk

In her absence, contact:
Val Hall (Service Director Early Help)
Tel: 0191 433 2782
Email: valhall@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)

Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

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

Post title:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)

Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emigration)

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

Post title: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

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: Service Manager Looked After Children’s Service

Contact details:

Jill Little
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk or
lacbusinessadmin@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Service Director Social Work Children and Families

Contact details:

Elaine Devaney
Tel: 0191433 2704
Email: ElaineDevaney@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Fostering Panel Appointments)

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

Post title: Team Manager Fostering Service

Contact details:

Shauna Garrett
Tel: 0191 433 2908
Email: shaunagarrett@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Leaving Care)

The manager who can approve a Pathway Plan.

Post title: Service Manager Looked After Children’s Service

Contact details:

Jill Little
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk or
lacbusinessadmin@gateshead.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Marriage)

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

Post title: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

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: Service Manager Looked After Children’s Service

Contact details:

Jill Little
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk
Email: fosteringadminteam@gateshead.gcsx.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Passports)

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

Post title: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

Designated Manager (Placement Orders)

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

Post title: Service Director Social Work Children and Families

Contact details:

Elaine Devaney
Tel: 0191 433 2704
Email: elainedevaney@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Service Manager Safeguarding and Care Planning

Contact details:

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

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

Post title: Service Manager Safeguarding and Care Planning

Contact details:

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Service Manager Safeguarding and Care Planning

Contact details:

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

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 Manager Looked After Children’s Service

Contact details:

Jill Little
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk
Email: fosteringadminteam@gateshead.gov.uk

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: Strategic Director Care Wellbeing and Learning (DCS)

Contact details:

Caroline O’Neill
Tel: 0191 433 2702
Email: carolineoneill@gateshead.gov.uk or
berniternent@gateshead.gov.uk (Secretariat)

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:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)

Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Contact details:

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

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:

  • Service Manager IRT/A&I
  • Service Manager SGCP
  • Service Manager LAC

Contact details:

Steve Day (IRT/A&I)

Tel: 0191 433 3989
Email: steveday@gateshead.gov.uk

Contact details:

Chris O’Reilly (Safeguarding and Care Planning)
Tel: 0191 433 3865
Email: chrisoreilly@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Little (Looked After Children's Service)
Tel: 0191 433 3420
Email: jilllittle@gateshead.gov.uk

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