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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence and notification of substitute members.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB


To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 20 November 2018 and to note actions taken since that meeting.



Members' Interests

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




Chairman's Announcements and Communications

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





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




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.





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




Requested Items

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




Executive Members' Updates


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


·         Families, Education and Children and;

·         Health



Short Breaks: Future Partnership and Grant Funding with Voluntary Organisations pdf icon PDF 57 KB


The Committee will receive an update on recent activity and funding arrangements with voluntary organisations who deliver short breaks to families and children in Central Bedfordshire.


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Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) annual report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 77 KB


Members are asked to comment on and note the information within the LSCB

annual report 2017/18.


Due to the length of the report paper copies will not be made available, instead

the following link provides access to the report:-



Executive Response to the Pupil Attainment Task Force Recommendations pdf icon PDF 76 KB


To receive an update in relation to recommendations actioned following a task force investigation.


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Schools for the Future - Commissioning new school places in the ward of Leighton Buzzard North pdf icon PDF 52 KB


To provide the Committee with the outcome of a consultation undertaken by the governing body of Gilbert Inglefield Academy and Vandyke Upper School (academy) regarding the proposal to expand the schools by 2 forms of entry (60 places in each year group) by September 2020. The report seeks support for the approval for the proposed expansions and commitment to the required capital expenditure, subject to approval by the Department for Education.


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Domestic Abuse Presentation pdf icon PDF 11 MB


To receive a presentation and provide feedback and comments on the Council’s ongoing work in relation to tackling domestic abuse.



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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Children's Services: Customer Feedback Annual Report 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 58 KB


This report fulfils the council’s statutory duty to monitor the effectiveness of the complaints procedure and produce an annual report for Children’s Social Care. The report provides statistics on the number of compliments complaints received; complaint causes; complaint outcomes (upheld/not upheld); performance; and learning and improvements resulting from complaints for 2017/18.


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Consultation on the Council's Admission Arrangements, 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 55 KB


The report outlines proposed changes to the admission arrangements for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.


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