Decision details

Achieving for Children Governance Arrangements

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Members considered the recommendations of the Response and Recovery Committee at its meeting on 30 July 2020regarding adjustments to the Achieving for Children (AfC) governance arrangements.


It was noted that AfC had been initially established by the London Borough of Richmond and the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames to undertake and provide a range of services to children and young people and an Inter Authority Agreement (IAA) had been entered into on 31 March 2014. On 1 August 2017, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was admitted to the Company as a new member and entered into an IAA with the other authorities and AfC. The three councils established a Joint Committee to agree and assess the operation and performance of the Company.


 Following a review of AfC governance arrangements it was proposed that functions in relation to Band 3 Reserved Decision Making Matters be transferred from the AfC Joint Committee to relevant bodies of the three constituent authorities with the Joint Committee becoming an ad-hoc dispute resolution committee.  In the case of this Council it was proposed that the functions be transferred to the Children’s and Adults Care and Education Committee. This would strengthen governance arrangements and ensure that each Council had direct oversight and influence over a number of significant AfC functions.


It was noted that similar reports had been considered and approved by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (on 27 October 2020) and the London Borough of Richmond (on 24 November 2020).


Resolved that the amendments to the Constitution detailed in Appendix A be approved.


Voting: Unanimous


Publication date: 10/06/2021

Date of decision: 15/12/2020

Decided at meeting: 15/12/2020 - Council

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