Proposed decision: – Cabinet are asked to agree that
1. commissioning and delivery of activity within the Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme can continue until 31 March 2023; and
2. further work be undertaken considering the potential for a successor brand to Reconnect to support capacity building in the VCS linked to the vision of Reconnect.
The County Council recognises that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected substantially the lives of all Kent residents. All Members have been united in expressing their concern about the particular impact on young people, who saw every aspect of their life and development affected. In March 2021 Cabinet approved the creation of the Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme, with its aims and objectives being approved in June 2021, together with approval of its £10m budget.
The urgency to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on the County’s children and young people was captured by its agreed end date of 31st August 2022. Accordingly, the programme has focused on working with hundreds of organisations, clubs, partners and individuals to secure delivery of a wide range of support, activities, and new opportunities for children and young people.
As we move towards the anticipated end date, it is important to review whether the original decision regarding ending on 31 August 2022, which was made in good faith in an uncertain international context, should be implemented or adjusted.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/06/2022
Decision due: Not before 20th Jul 2022 by Cabinet
Reason: in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services
Lead director: Sarah Hammond
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: David Adams, Area Education Officer - South Kent Email: email@example.com Tel: 01233 898559.
The reconnect Programme was discussed at Children’s Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on 30 June 2021.
Agenda for Children's, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on Wednesday, 30th June, 2021, 10.00 am (kent.gov.uk)
The issue will be discussed and a decision taken by Cabinet on 21 July 2022.
Financial implications: There is no additional funding being requested.
Equalities implications: A EqIA has been completed for the programme.