Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford East Area Committee
Thursday, 10th January, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Fatima Butt/Tracey Sugden 

Items
No. Item

40.

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CHAIR (Standing Order 35)

To appoint a Deputy Chair for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2018/2019.

 

Minutes:

Resolved-

 

That Councillor Taj Salam be appointed Deputy Chair for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2018/19.

 

Action:  City Solicitor

41.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

(1)  In the interest of transparency Councillor Sunderland disclosed an interest in Minute 46 as she was a Member of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and a Trustee of Springfield Centre.

 

(2)  In the interest of transparency Councillor Jamil disclosed an interest in Minute 45 as she was a Governor of Hanson.

 

Action:  City Solicitor

42.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2018 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Fatima Butt/Tracey Sugden – 01274 432227/434287)

Minutes:

Resolved-

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2018 be signed as a correct record.

 

Action:           City Solicitor

43.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

44.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

To hear questions from electors within the District on any matter this is the responsibility of the Committee. 

 

Questions must be received in writing by the City Solicitor in Room 112, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY, by mid-day on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

 

(Fatima Butt/Tracey Sugden – 01274 432227/434287)

 

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by the public.

45.

ARRANGEMENTS BY THE COUNCIL AND ITS PARTNERS TO TACKLE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION pdf icon PDF 340 KB

Previous Reference:  Minute 51 (2017/18)

 

The Interim Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “V” which provides an update to the report presented to the Bradford East Area Committee on the 15th February 2018 regarding the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). It sets out the arrangements that have been put in place, and which continue to develop, to safeguard children from CSE.

 

Recommended-

 

That the update report be noted.

 

                                                                        (Mark Griffin – 01274 434361)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved-

 

(1)  That the update report be noted and the interventions that were undertaken be welcomed.

 

(2)  That a further report be presented within the next six months providing more details on educational interventions at neighbourhood and ward-levels.

 

(3)  That the Interim Strategic Director Children’s Services attends a future meeting of the Bradford East Area Committee meeting in relation to providing progress about CSE work undertaken in the Bradford East area.

 

(4)  That more research is undertaken to understand exploitation of young people within faith communities and information be presented to a future meeting of the Bradford East Area Committee.

 

(5)  That the Interim Strategic Director Children’s Services engages with schools who have not participated in CSE projects in the Bradford East area.

 

(6)  The Strategic Director Children’s Services provides an update about the outcome of the CSE Review within the next 12 months to this Committee.

 

Action:           Interim Strategic Director Children’s Services/Strategic Director Place

 

(Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee)

 

                                                            (Mark Griffin – 01274 434361)

                                                                       

 

Minutes:

Previous Reference:  Minute 51 (2017/18)

 

The Interim Strategic Director, Children’s Services submitted Document “V” which provided an update to the report presented to the Bradford East Area Committee on the 15th February 2018 regarding the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). It set out the arrangements that had been put in place, and which continued to develop, to safeguard children from CSE.

 

The Manager of the Children’s Safeguarding Board reported that CSE remained a focus for Bradford Council and its partners, he reported that since the last report, progress had been achieved in improving the response to CSE in the following ways:

 

·         The recently published Working Together legislation would result in changes to safeguarding arrangements nationally and partners were considering the local impact.

·         Production and finalisation of the Strategic Response to CSE.

·         Development of a CSE action plan in support of the Strategic Response.

·         Appointment of a new Local Authority CSE analyst.

·         Continued review around the CSE Team and operational functionality.

·         Continued development of the monthly CSE Operational meeting to complement daily activity and the strategic CSE Sub-group.

·         Bradford was successful in gaining Home Office funding for Trusted Relationships to provide additional support to vulnerable children.

·         Strategic Boards were now working together to tackle other complex safeguarding themes such as criminal exploitation, organised crime and modern day slavery.

·         Innovative methods of raising awareness through Safeguarding Stories, Mr Shape Shifter, Somebody’s Sister and Somebody’s Daughter.

·         A District Communications Group now existed to provide practitioners, parents, carers, children and communities with proactive, innovative and consistent approaches to communications.

·         Children’s Services had appointed its first Social Media Apprentice to create stronger and more effective links with children and young people.

·         The District Digital Safeguarding Group would develop and deliver a Digital Safeguarding strategy and it was intended to develop a virtual hub, aimed at practitioners and the community.

·         Bradford District Police Cyber Team continued to deliver training around on-line safety within the educational sector.

·         Partners were coordinating a District wide approach to support schools in Bradford to meet the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) needs of  young people.

·         Public Health was now taking a higher profile role within CSE and had developed a specific Public Health offer to support CSE work across the district.

·         The BSCB (Bradford Safeguarding Children’s Board) had developed detailed audit tools to ensure organisations and schools had appropriate safeguarding arrangements in place.

He reported that Appendix 3 to the report provided statistics relating to Bradford East; Bradford East featured highly for children at risk of CSE; more referrals were being received; in relation to crime data Bradford East was not the highest and lower than other areas; Bradford East had the third highest number of perpetrators; Eccleshill, Bolton and Undercliffe and Bradford Moor were wards of most concern in Bradford East; the focus of activity was to look at developing knowledge of risk and addressing areas of concern.

 

The Chair of the CSE Missing Sub Group reported that Bradford District Police Cyber Team had started in 2015  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

46.

PARTNERSHIP AND COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO BONFIRE PLANNING 2018 pdf icon PDF 245 KB

The Strategic Director, Place will submit Document “U” which reports on the partnership response and community engagement activity which supported the operational approach to the planning in the run up to and during the bonfire period 2018.

 

Recommended-

 

(1)       That the work undertaken by the various partnerships and communities be noted and commended.

 

(2)       That the work undertaken by volunteers and staff across all organisations be commended.

 

                                                                        (Rebecca Trueman – 01274 431364)

Decision:

Resolved-

 

(1)       That the work undertaken by the various partnerships and communities be noted and commended.

 

(2)       That the work undertaken by volunteers and staff across all organisations be commended.

 

Action:           Strategic Director, Place

 

(Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee)

 

                                                (Rebecca Trueman – 01274 431364)

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director, Place submitted Document “U” which reported on the partnership response and community engagement activity which supported the operational approach to the planning in the run up to and during the bonfire period 2018.  It reported on the work undertaken to tackle the annual rise in violence, vandalism and anti social behaviour in the Halloween/Bonfire Night season.

 

Members made the following comments:

·         Commended the effective partnership work and strong community engagement in helping to reduce the number of attacks on Police and the Fire Service.

·         It was important to continue to strengthen the partnership working and community engagement.

·         People were not deliberately fly tipping but once they were educated and made aware of the fly tipping policy they understood; needed to keep educating people on issues such as fly tipping around bonfire night.

·         Pleased to see that this year’s incidents were lower than last year but there were still too many incidents, why should emergency services get attacked for trying to protect people? there were still too many people using the night as an excuse to commit crime; needed better legislation around the sale of fireworks.

·         Faith Groups and communities were involved this year; the Imam’s Friday sermon included issues about bonfire night, told the story of bonfire plot, making it a peaceful event and making it a safe and enjoyable period, talked to the community about the right things to do such as not throwing old furniture out and looking after the elderly, the message was also transmitted on the radio and the congregation at the mosque; would like to see this sort of sermon in other faith communities.

·         How many volunteers were recruited and was there a database set up? 

·         More legislation was needed to ascertain where a firework was purchased from; there was a motion to Council that fire works should be labelled to show where they came from.

·         Commended the use of “Community Calmers” made up of local residents and community figures to disperse troublemakers; when the community were involved it often meant that the young people were known which frightened  young people.

·         May be it was time to look at Bonfire Night and the way it was celebrated in Bradford; celebrate communities rather than remembering an unsavoury bit of history.

·         Educating people on the consequences of getting caught and ending up with a criminal record made people take notice and made a lot of difference.

·         Because of the work undertaken leading up to bonfire night were Bradford’s  incidents lower than neighbouring authorities?

·         Needed to lobby the government to introduce legislation that tracked fire works and where they were purchased from.

·         Commend the work undertaken by the voluntary and faith communities.

 

In response to the comments made by Members it was reported that:

·         A data base of volunteers was not kept but officers did know how to contact the volunteers through the community and further work would be undertaken through the community.

·         This kind of work had not happened anywhere else in West Yorkshire.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.