Decisions published

15/09/2021 - Development of a Children's Living Well Sefton Model ref: 11188    Awaiting Implementation

The impacts of COVID-19 on children, young people and families are significant and potentially long lasting. Themes are emerging, which include a decline in emotional health and wellbeing, widening inequalities and increased demand on specialist services. As children return to school and services resume face to face delivery, hidden harms associated with the pandemic are starting to present.


Ending the COVID-19 pandemic, is partly reliant on COVID-19 Vaccine uptake and routine testing practice across the population. We know that social inequities are associated with vulnerability to COVID-19 and we know that vaccine hesitancy amongst adults in England is higher in areas of greatest deprivation (8%) compare to most affluent (2%), ONS 2021[1]. Uptake amongst young people has improved recently, however, continued effort is required to further increase uptake amongst young people and families, particularly, in areas of greatest deprivation.


Public Health commissioned areas that support children and families need to be responsive and adaptable to changing needs. More children and young people need help and support and increasingly that support will need be multifaceted and easily accessed. Creating a focused integrated wellness service (Children’s Living Well Sefton or Grow Well Sefton) will involve linking up existing Children’s Public Health commissioned services and programmes, and other related activities. The hub will act as the co-ordinator of spokes, offering specialist advice and navigation, training, relationship management with wider partners and universal assessment practice.


The aim is to move away from separate services and siloed working to create a system that is responsive to need and easy to navigate by children, young people and families. It is acknowledged that COVID-19 has impacted significantly on need and complexity, therefore it is necessary to develop an offer that is holistic and includes outreach working.

A key focus is to increase healthy behaviours by raising awareness of key health priorities and providing easy access to a range of health promoting activities. COVID-19 awareness will be prioritised, including uptake of vaccine and regular testing where appropriate.

Discussions have taken place with key stakeholders to establish how the hub model will develop and operate to co-ordinate and facilitate an integrated health improvement offer.


[1] ONS (2021) Coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy, Great Britain: 9 August 2021,

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Health and Wellbeing

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 24/09/2021




(1)  The use of funding a period of 2 years from 1st September 2021 March 2020 to 31st August 2023 be approved. 

(2)  The 0-19 Healthy Child Programme Contract be varied to include a dedicated resource to develop the Children’s LWS model. 


Reasons for the Decision(s):


Developing a children’s integrated public health offer will provide easy access to a wide range of help and opportunity, for children, young people and families. Adopting a hub and spoke model, or no wrong front door approach, services will co-ordinate activity and create wider opportunities to link with partners across the children’s system. 


Opportunity to respond and understand the changing needs of children, young people and families to both enable the redesign of future services and to also assess the effectiveness of changes and innovations to service delivery models, adopted under the restrictions in addressing those needs


Additional capacity to develop appropriate and targeted health messages to children and young people, prioritising vaccine hesitancy and routine testing practice.


The hub model will be developed and operationalised by experts in children’s health and wellbeing. Sefton’s 0-19 Healthy Child Programme provided by Merseycare, have qualified nurse practitioners who screen and identify health needs early on for children and young people. They have access to families, presence within schools and other parts of the children’s system and can navigate and improve access to wider range of support, including specialist service areas and are therefore critical to development of this model.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)


Continue to deliver services separately. Rejected because this siloed way of working means that children and young people may not access the wide range of help and support available and the opportunity to develop new ways of working to inform future delivery models will be lost. 


Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julie Murray

14/09/2021 - Procurement Strategy for Crosby Coastal Park Cycle Path ref: 11187    For Determination

To seek Cabinet Member approval to invite tenders through the appropriate procurement route for the provision of the construction of a new cycle track and multi-use path through Crosby Costal Park and the widening of the access road to the Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre.


Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Locality Services - Deputy Leader

Decision published: 14/09/2021

Effective from: 23/09/2021





(1)    the progress on the schemes to date and the planned delivery programme be noted; and


(2)    the tender process to procure a contractor for the scheme be approved; and


(3)    delegated authority be given to the Head of Highways and Public Protection to award the Contract resulting from the procurement process.


Reasons for the Decision(s):


The Council have signed a Grant Funding Agreement with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for an element which identified spend to be incurred before March 2022.


The Procurement Strategy outlined within the report aims to ensure the engagement of a suitably experienced contractor who has demonstrated compliance with the Council’s statutory requirements, quality criteria and submitted an acceptable tender price for the project.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)


The scheme budget exceeds the financial limits for the Minor Works Term Service Contract and therefore cannot be considered for delivery using this option. The Council has no current contractor framework suitable for this type and scope of work.


Wards affected: Blundellsands; Church;

Lead officer: Andrew Dunsmore

03/09/2021 - Appointment of Local Authority Representatives to Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools ref: 11186    For Determination

To advise the Cabinet Member of the current situation with regard to Local Authority vacancies on the governing bodies of Community and Voluntary Aided Schools.


Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education

Decision published: 03/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021




The recommended appointments to fill vacancies for Local Authority governorships in line with Council Policy be agreed.



Reasons for the Decision(s):


The appointment of School governors is regulated by the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended by the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the School Governance [Miscellaneous Amendments] [England] Regulations 2015 made under sections 19 and 20 of the Education Act 2002.  



Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)




Wards affected: Birkdale; Blundellsands;

Lead officer: Tricia Davies