Agenda

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4.30 pm

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

Contact: Fatima Butt / Jill Bell 

Items
No. Item

A. PROCEDURAL ITEMS

1.

ALTERNATE MEMBERS (Standing Order 34)

The City Solicitor will report the names of alternate Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members. 

 

2.

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.

 

3.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2018 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Fatima Butt – 01274 432227)

4.

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 2227)

 

5.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

To receive 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 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.

 

B. OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY ACTIVITIES

6.

OFSTED INSPECTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITY CHILDREN'S SERVICES (ILACS) pdf icon PDF 109 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director (Document “U”) provides updated information about the Council’s response to the published OFSTED ILACS judgement following inspection of Bradford’s Children’s Services.

 

 

Recommended -

 

That the Committee notes the Draft Improvement Plan and provides comment.

 

(Jim Hopkinson – 01274 432904)

Additional documents:

7.

SCHOOLS FORUM UPDATE pdf icon PDF 103 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “V”) will provide an update on the work of the Schools Forum.

 

The last update was provided (as an additional report for information) to the Committee on 12 December 2018. The Schools Forum has met once since on 9 January 2019. The decisions list from this meeting is attached at Appendix 1 to Document “V”.

 

The Schools Forum has now made its recommendations on the allocation of the 2019/20 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). These recommendations will be presented to the Executive and then to full Council for final decisions on 21 February 2019.

 

Recommended -

 

Committee Members are asked to consider and to note the information provided in this update.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

Additional documents:

8.

UPDATE ON SCHOOL TRAVEL pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “W”) sets out the progress made by the Travel Assistance Service and Passenger Transport Services post the structure changes of April 2017.

 

Recommended -

 

That the information in this report be noted.

 

9.

PROGRESS REPORT ON B POSITIVE PATHWAYS pdf icon PDF 84 KB

In January 2017 Bradford was awarded £3.2 million over 2 years from the DfE Innovation Fund.  There are 3 elements to the award:

 

1)        Reducing the need for children to come into care through stronger edge of care work.

2)        Improving our ability to provide high levels of care within our residential homes  through embedding a therapeutic “PACE” approach.

3)        Setting up two “mockingbird” hubs to improve support to foster carers working with  children with more complex needs.

 

After consultation with the Children in Care Council, the programme was named B Positive Pathways (BPP).  The Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services will present a progress report on BPP (Document “X”).

 

 

Recommended -

 

That the Children’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee note the content of Document “X” and the progress of B Positive Pathways.

 

(Jim Hopkinson – 01274 432904)

Additional documents:

10.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Document “Y”) 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: