Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

 

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 22 May 2018 and to note actions taken since that meeting.

 

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RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 22 May 2018 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the following amendments:-

 

That Cllr Shelvey gave his apologies for the meeting and that Cllrs Dixon and Spurr were in attendance.

 

14.

Members' Interests

To receive from Members any declarations of interest and of any political whip in relation to any agenda item.

 

 

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None.

 

15.

Chairman's Announcements and Communications

To receive any announcements from the Chairman and any matters of communication.

 

 

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None.

 

16.

Petitions

To receive petitions from members of the public in accordance with the Public Participation Procedure as set out in Part 4G of the Constitution.

 

 

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None.

 

17.

Questions, Statements or Deputations

To receive any questions, statements or deputations from members of the public in accordance with the Public Participation Procedure as set out in Part 4G of the Constitution.

 

 

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None.

 

18.

Call-In

To consider any decision of the Executive referred to this Committee for review  in accordance with Part 4D of the Constitution. 

 

 

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None.

 

19.

Requested Items

To consider any items referred to the Committee at the request of a Member in accordance with Part 4D of the Constitution.

 

 

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None.

 

20.

Executive Members' Updates

 

To receive a brief verbal update from the Executive Members for:-

 

·                Families, Education and Children

·                Health

 

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The Executive Member for Children, Education and Families advised the Committee that the reintroduction of health visitors within multi agency teams would support improvements in early intervention and support for families. Key Stage 2 results would be available from 11 July 2018 with Key Stages 4 and 5 results available from 16 August and 23 August 2018 respectively. Delays to the expansion of Fairfield Lower School had been addressed with the developer and robust financial sanctions levied against them with alternative arrangements made for those children affected to ensure minimal disruption to their education. The Executive Member echoed the frustration of Members, acknowledging that this particular development was out of the control of the Council with the developer solely responsible for the project. Officers working on the Domestic Abuse agenda had reported no increase in cases over recent weeks and were formally thanked for their effective campaign during the recent World Cup.

 

The Executive Member for Health advised that an increase in budget for the NHS had been confirmed by Central Government and he was hopeful that additional funds would be made available for public health in order that improvements could be made locally. A recent report had highlighted concerns at the low resilience in young people nationally and locally which had been identified as a priority for the public health team. There was a need to increase the number of schools feeding into the Central Bedfordshire pupil health and wellbeing survey in order to improve the quality and accuracy of data and the goal was to ensure that all schools in the region took part.

21.

Progress Report on the Transformation of Short Break Provision for Disabled Children pdf icon PDF 61 KB

 

To review the impact of the proposed transformation of short breaks for children with disabilities.

 

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The Deputy Executive Member for Children, Education and Families introduced the report and advised that positive progress had been made since the previous inception. Constructive engagement had been undertaken with parents, carers and service users in order to ensure they were fully involved in feeding their views into shaping future universal services.

 

The Head of Service for Disabled Children delivered a presentation which outlined the transformation of short break provision agreed by Executive in October 2017. This included a progress update, a three year transformation programme, the legislation underpinning the approach, the model of delivery and next steps in order to strengthen the provision of services in the long term.

 

In light of the report and presentation Members discussed the following in summary:-

·         Concerns that parents and carers weren’t aware of those services and provision available to them or how to access them.

·         The importance of working with parents in order to ensure the legal offer was as robust as possible, also ensuring that the dissemination of information to all relevant stakeholders was appropriate and accurate.

·         A need to strengthen networks and partnership working across Central Bedfordshire and ensure provision of services was joined up and as local as possible.

·         That the initial assessment of a child’s needs and effective dialogue with parents and carers was key in order to ensure accuracy of diagnosis and the need for flexibility within the tiered model in order that a child could access appropriate provision.

·         That efficiencies had been delivered within the first year and that the current resource was sufficient in order to deliver the remainder of the plan.

·         That parental and carer feedback had been very positive and all partners were in agreement that services were heading significantly in the right direction with much more service user involvement.

 

RECOMMENDED:-

1.    That the Committee acknowledged the progress and supported the next steps of the short break transformation programme.

2.    That an update be delivered to the Committee at a future meeting on those areas still identified as requiring additional work.

22.

Director of Public Health’s Annual report on Children and Young People pdf icon PDF 93 KB

 

To receive an update on the progress of the ‘Call to Action’ declared in the Director of Public Health’s Annual report on Children and Young People -  (December 2016)

 

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The Director of Public Health delivered a presentation which outlined the health outcomes of vulnerable children and young people in Central Bedfordshire and the effects of adversity on brain development in very young children impacting their health in later life.  Members were advised of the key priorities for the service in delivering improved outcomes and the action plan required in order to minimise health inequalities, giving the child the best possible start in life.

 

In light of the presentation Members discussed the following in summary:-

·         That the willingness of parents to engage was key and the need for professionals to find the most effective ways of working with them was vital.

·         The necessity of improving resilience and self esteem in vulnerable children in order to combat, amongst other things, instances of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

·         The need to ensure barriers to learning were minimised and positive choices were made by children and young people, with the support of their parents, carers and professionals.

·         The importance of high quality personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools.

·         The need to analyse trends and outcomes and learn from best practice.

·         That there had been a significant reduction in smoking locally with vaping recognised as part of the healing process.

·         The importance of partnership working across all sectors in order to ensure a joined up and holistic approach.

·         That data in relation to self harm would be shared when it had been made available, recognising the need to reduce these behaviours where possible.

 

RECOMMENDED:-

1.    That the Committee acknowledged the progress of the actions in the Director for Public Health’s report in 2016;

2.    That the Committee supported the areas and actions for further improvements;

3.    That the Committee champion the implementation of defined actions across all services and organisations.

4.    That the Health and Wellbeing Board include within their work programme a focussed approach in order to address the challenges around knife crime and drug and alcohol abuse in all children and young people.

5.    That an associated timeframe be assigned to all targets in order that they be effectively monitored and tracked.

23.

The First 1001 Days of a Child's Life pdf icon PDF 51 KB

 

To receive information on the individual elements of the Children and Young People’s Development Plan, providing the Committee with the opportunity to comment on the future of each area.

 

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Agenda items 11 and 12 were considered together therefore comments on this item are contained in Minute reference CS/18/22 above.

 

RECOMMENDED:-

1.    That the Committee support the priorities and actions – aiming for the best for children, young people and families in Central Bedfordshire.

2.    That the Committee champion the implementation of defined actions across all services and organisations.

24.

Schools for the Future pdf icon PDF 112 KB

 

To receive a report detailing the outcomes of a project assessing schools for the future, providing the Committee with the opportunity to monitor progress and future developments in relation to the educational landscape in Central Bedfordshire.

 

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The Executive Member for Children, Education and Families highlighted the challenges facing the local authority due to the mixed economy of schools within the region, acknowledging that similar challenges would arise due to future development in the area and increased pupil numbers. Therefore there was a need to address those issues in order to help shape the landscape of education for the future, working in close partnership with schools.

 

The Assistant Director (AD) for Education delivered a presentation which set out the development of a coordinated plan to meet growth in the longer term, ensuring alignment with the Council’s strategic priorities. Measures were underway to work with each cluster of schools in order to understand their views and ambitions and ensure that their goals were in the best interests of local children in relation to their education. The local authority, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) and schools all understood the importance of working collaboratively, achieving best value and assuring coherency and transparency when engaging with stakeholders.

 

In light of the report and presentation, Members discussed the following in summary:-

·         How the Council proposed to engage with the 15% of schools indicating a desire to remain in the three tier model and the need to work collaboratively with them to ensure the best outcomes for those children.

·         That the current hybrid of education provision was wholly confusing to parents and teachers and a need to move towards a simplified model with the council leading the process in a supporting role.

·         That any transition would take time and was part of a long term model of change and that a new communications programme would support effective engagement with parents and stakeholders.

·         The need to ensure that schools currently in the planning stage of development were realigned with the vision for the future.

·         That the current schools estate could not accommodate any more children therefore it was essential that future development was of a flexible and intelligent design.

·         The need to learn from past experiences and coordinate any changes to the educational landscape, rather than allow unstructured changes to occur.

·         That educational outcomes should be a key focus for the new school improvement team regardless of any change in structure.

·         The impact of any structural change on small rural schools.

 

RECOMMENDED:-

1.    That the Committee acknowledged the position reached on planning for schools for the future.

2.    That the Committee supported the policy as set out in paragraph 19 of the report to be presented to Executive on 7 August 2018.

25.

Work Programme 2018/19 & Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 57 KB

 

The report provides Members with details of the currently drafted Committee work programme and the latest Executive Forward Plan.

 

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That the Committee Work Programme be agreed subject to the following

amendments: -

·         Aspiration and parental engagement – TBC

·         Partnership working between key health workers and the Local Authority – TBC

·         Travel Assistance Policy – 20 November 2018

·         Children’s Centres – 20 November 2018