Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 4.30 pm

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

Contact: Fatima Butt / Jill Bell 

Items
No. Item

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.

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. 

 

(Jill Bell - 01274 434580)

 

4.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

To receive referrals that 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.

 

5.

OFSTED INSPECTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITY CHILDREN'S SERVICES (ILACS) pdf icon PDF 115 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

(Document ”Y”) provides updated information about the Council’s response to the published OFSTED ILACS judgement with a focus on the Theme Four: Improving the Front Door and MASH arrangements.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)          The Committee notes the continuing risks, issues and challenge.

 

(2)          That the next meeting of the Committee continues the scrutiny of the Front Door in advance of the Ofsted monitoring visit.

 

(3)          A summary outcome of the key findings arising from the Peer Review of the Front Door is brought to the next Committee.

 

(4)          The Committee request that for their next meeting, data and audit information is available on theme four (front door and MASH) to enable a deep dive focus to take place.

 

 

(Jenny Cryer – 01274 432438)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          The Committee notes the continuing risks, issues and challenge.

 

(2)          That the 20 March meeting of the Committee continues the scrutiny of the Front Door with the findings of the Ofsted monitoring visit scheduled for 7 and 8 March 2019.

 

(3)          A summary outcome of the key findings arising from the Peer Review of the Front Door is brought to the next Committee meeting.

 

(4)          The Committee request that for their next meeting, data and audit information is available on theme four (front door and MASH) to enable a deep dive focus to take place.

 

ACTION:        Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

 

6.

YOUNG CARERS pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

(Document “Z”) provides an annual update on plans to meet the needs of Young Carers within the Bradford district, including the recent re-tender of the service.  The work of the Young Carers service is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding 2010, refreshed in February 2014 and 2017 and a Framework of Good Practice.  Previous reports have been presented, the last one was in September 2017.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)          That Overview and Scrutiny to receive Document “Z” for information,  note  the progress and  support continued development in the jointly commissioned service.

 

(2)          That reports continue to be received from the service.

 

 

(Cath Dew – 01274 437949)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          That the young carers be thanked for attending the meeting.

 

(2)          That a report be presented to the Committee in 6 months to monitor progress of the new contract, including details of what action is being taken to address any issues of concern.

 

(3)          That the Interim Strategic Director be requested to write to those schools that have yet to engage with the Young Carers Service, to encourage them to become involved with providing support for young carers.

 

(4)          That the Committee has concerns about how the early recognition of young carers is picked up and urges  officers to increase promotional communications in all schools and health settings and work with the wider community to de-stigmatise being a young carer.

ACTION:        Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

7.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD FOR 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

(Document “AA”) provides a summary of the Annual Report of the Safeguarding Children Board to accompany the full report which is provided as an appendix.  The report provides a summary of priorities and achievements of the Board in 2017/18, as well as the annual summary of the Child Death Overview Panel.

 

Recommended –

 

That Document “AA” be noted and a further report provided in 12 months

 

(Mark Griffin – 01274 434361)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That Document “AA” be noted and a further report provided in 12 months

 

ACTION:        Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

8.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY REFORMS pdf icon PDF 190 KB

The Interim Strategic Director Children’s Services will submit Document “AB” which includes a Not For Publication Appendix 1) which provides an overview of the developments and progress in respect of the delivery of the SEND reforms.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the Committee note and comment on the contents of the report (Document “AB”) and the strength of the draft SEND Action Plan against the areas for rapid improvement.

 

(2)       That the draft SEND Action Plan be referred to the Executive together with any recommendations for approval.

 

                                                                        (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          That the draft SEND Action Plan be referred to the Executive.

 

(2)          That the Committee requests that the role of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee be added to the governance structure of the SEND Strategic Partnership Board.

 

(3)          That representatives of the service users be invited to attend a meeting of the Committee to share their views as soon as possible in the new municipal year.

 

ACTION:        Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services

9.

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

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

Decision:

Resolved –

 

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

 

ACTION:        Overview and Scrutiny Lead