Agenda, decisions and minutes

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 4.30 pm

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

Contact: Fatima Butt / Jill Bell 

Items
No. Item

18.

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:

In the interests of transparency Councillor Engel disclosed an interest in the item relating to Provisional Educational Standards Report 2018 – Early Years to Key Stage 2 (Minute 23) as she had children in Key Stages 1 and 2 in Bradford schools.

 

In the interests of transparency Councillor Mullaney disclosed an interest in the item relating to Provisional Educational Standards Report 2018 – Early Years to Key Stage 2 (Minute 23) as she worked in early years provision.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

19.

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. 

 

(XXXXX - 01274 XXXXXX)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted to review decisions to restrict documents.

20.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The following referrals have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda.

 

The Committee is asked to note the referrals listed above and decide how it wishes to proceed, for example by incorporating the item into the work programme, requesting that it be subject to more detailed examination, or refer it to an appropriate Working Group/Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no referrals to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

21.

PROVISIONAL EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS REPORT 2018 - EARLY YEARS TO KEY STAGE 2 pdf icon PDF 508 KB

The report of the of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “H”) outlines some of the provisional outcomes for Bradford schools from the 2018 Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 national tests and teacher assessments. Much of the report is based upon provisional data.  A few 2018 national averages have been released and where they exist they have been used. The validated results will be reported to the Committee in February 2019.  Results for 2018 generally indicate that the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard across the range of subjects and age groups within the Primary Phase have continued to rise. However, the improvements are not sufficient to reduce the gaps against the indicative national averages.

Recommended -

 

That Overview and Scrutiny Committee receives this report on the provisional performance of Bradford’s Children and Young People in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 tests for 2018.

 

(Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

Minutes:

The report of the of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “H”) outlined some of the provisional outcomes for Bradford schools from the 2018 Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 national tests and teacher assessments. Much of the report was based upon provisional data.  A few 2018 national averages had been released and where they existed they had been used. The validated results would be reported to the Committee in February 2019.  Results for 2018 generally indicated that the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard across the range of subjects and age groups within the Primary Phase had continued to rise. However, the improvements were not sufficient to reduce the gaps against the indicative national averages.

 

It was noted that girls continued to outperform boys but the rate of improvement for boys was better than girls showing a positive impact of the initiatives targeted at boys’ achievement.  Schools that were performing at a percentage below national were identified and being visited to identify what could be done to improve outcomes for children.

 

The head teacher of St Clare’s Catholic Primary School attended the meeting and gave a presentation on the Phonics Action Plan that had resulted in an improvement in the levels of pupils passing phonics screening in years 1

and 2.

 

The following questions were asked and answers given:

 

Q         What was the impact of delays in getting intervention from CAHMS and     NHS?

A         Early identification was important.  The Local Authority was making            sure that it was able to support education settings at the earliest            opportunity.  Health waiting times had been noted and the authority would work together with the Health Service.  Reference was made to        the glasses for classes initiative as a means of addressing a barrier to           learning.  The authority needed to look at getting support as quickly as         possible to children that needed it.

 

Q         How does Bradford compare with its statistical neighbours?

A         In phonics Bradford is 6th out of 10 with its statistical neighbours.  In          writing it is 9th out of 10.

 

Q         How do you engage with parents who’s first language is not English?

A         The schools where phonics are 10% below are not schools where parents have English as an additional language.  At phonics workshops for parents comments were made that they had not been taught that way.

 

Q         What provision was there to challenge schools regarding the difference in gender performance?

A         Literacy Hub, work with dads and lads, books in restaurants, displays in school with men reading, work through play and construction corners.  Research shows that boys catch up in later life.

 

Q         Should more be done to close the gap between the performance of girls and boys at GCSE and A level?

A         Schools offer additional classes after school in different, more practical ways.  The need to accelerate improvements was accepted, however the need for parents to take ownership was stressed.

 

Q         What were the outcomes of children who qualified, for but did  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

ARRANGEMENTS BY THE COUNCIL AND ITS PARTNERS TO TACKLE CHILD SEXUAL AND CRIMINAL EXPLOITATION pdf icon PDF 369 KB

The report of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “I”)provides an update to the report presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 11th October 2017 and subsequently to the District’s Area Committees regarding the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). It focuses on the Strategic Response to CSE and how it is used by Bradford Safeguarding Children Board and partners in work to drive improvements across the District’s safeguarding partnership and to hold agencies to account for their work in their area. This report also outlines the emerging issue of criminal exploitation, organised crime and county lines and the partnership response.

 

Recommended -

 

(1)       That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee endorse the contents of this report.

 

(2)       The Overview and Scrutiny Committee receive a further update on the progress of the response to criminal and sexual exploitation in 12 months time.

 

(3)       That subsequent reports be provided to Area Committees

 

 

(Mark Griffin – 01274 434361)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “I”)provided an update to the report presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 11th October 2017 and subsequently to the District’s Area Committees regarding the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). It focused on the Strategic Response to CSE and how it was used by Bradford Safeguarding Children Board and partners in work to drive improvements across the District’s safeguarding partnership and to hold agencies to account for their work in their area. This report also outlined the emerging issue of criminal exploitation, organised crime and county lines and the partnership response.

 

A representative of West Yorkshire Police referred to the development of a new CSE action plan, the District Communication Group, the appointment of a Social Media Apprentice, the development of a Digital Safeguarding Strategy by the Digital Safeguarding Group, raising awareness of CSE in schools and the Home Office funding for Trusted Relationships to provide additional support for vulnerable children.

 

A representative form Barnados referred to the intensive work that they undertook in 1:1 sessions with vulnerable individuals.

 

A representative of West Yorkshire Police referred to the 14.5% increase in the overall number of young people assessed as being at risk of CSE and noted that not all of these young people were victims, some of the information was intelligence based.  He pointed out that the number of flagged offences for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 was 317 which was a decrease from 348 CSE flagged offences in the previous year.  He clarified that the figure of 471 children and young people identified as being part of or connected to confirmed Organised Crime Groups referred to in paragraph 2.33 of Document “I” related to those linked by association such as frequenting a household used by organised crime or the child of a family where someone was involved in organised crime.  He noted that the Police Cyber Team had educated 31,656 children on eSafeguarding and that 2376 parents had been educated on how to safeguard children from dangers online.  He added that during  2017/18 the Barnados Nightwatch project had engaged with 5599 people.

 

Members asked the following questions and answers were given:

 

Q         Have all schools completed a S175 (of the Education act 2002) audit ?

A         Only 3 schools had not completed a S175 audit.  There was a new version on line that was easier to complete and work was continuing     with schools to ensure that they were completed.

 

Q         What percentage of perpetrators were known to families?

A         There was a developing picture of understanding specific types of grooming such as cyber, street and known to the victim.

 

Q         What work was being undertaken and what support was being        provided for victims family members ?

A         Multi agency work was being undertaken with Children’s Social Care,       Barnados, Police and the Youth Service.  The cyber team speak to     parents about the risk of on-line offending.  The partnership speak    together  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Document “J”) presents the Committee’s Work Programme 2018-19.

 

Recommended -

 

That the Work programme 2018-19 continues to be regularly reviewed during the year.

 

(Licia Woodhead – 01274 432119)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Document “J”) presented the Committee’s Work Programme 2018-19.

 

 

Resolved -

 

That the Work programme 2018-19 continues to be regularly reviewed during the year.

 

ACTION:        Overview & Scrutiny Lead