Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 4.30 pm

Venue: Virtual remote meeting

Contact: Fatima Butt / Jill Bell 

Items
No. Item

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 5 August and 2 September  2020 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Fatima Butt/Jill Bell – 01274 432227/4580)

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 432227)

 

5.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The Committee is asked to note any 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.

 

                                                                        (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

 

6.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 138 KB

The Director of Children’s Services will submit Document “AH” which reports on the Vital Signs report requested by this Committee on 7 October 2020. The Vital Signs report is a Children’s Social Care performance report which enables leaders and members of the Improvement Board understand and interpret the key trends in children’s social care performance.

 

Recommended-

 

That  the contents of the report and the progress being made be noted.

 

                                                                                    (Irfan Alam – 01274 432904)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)          That having considered and commented on the Improvement plan the Committee request that more detail be provided in relation to progress on targets regarding recruitment.

 

(2)          That a further report be presented to the Committee in December.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director of children’s Services

 

 

7.

EDUCATION COVID RECOVERY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 490 KB

The Director of Children’s Services will submit Document “AI” which provides an update on the work that forms part of the Education Covid Recovery Improvement Programme. It updates the status of work to date along with the approach to be taken for further development.

 

Recommended-

 

That the contents of the report be noted and the delivery of the Education Covid Recovery Improvement Programme be supported.

 

                                                                        (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

 

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)          That the contents of Document “AI” be noted and that a further report be presented to the Committee in December.

 

(2)          That officers explore the options to make Education Therapeutic Officers posts into substantive posts, to be considered on a more long term basis rather than the Education COVID recovery plan.

 

 

ACTION: Director of Children’s Services

8.

WORKING TOGETHER TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN - THE BRADFORD PARTNERSHIP - ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

The Chief Executive will submit Document “AJ” which reports on the Annual Report of the Bradford Partnership a the body set up by the three safeguarding partners in the district, the Local Authority, West Yorkshire Police and combined Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide scrutiny to safeguarding activities and responses by all relevant agencies in the Bradford District.

 

The Annual Report covers a period when the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) ceased to exist and the new partnership arrangements came into force and reflects this transition. The report outlines the work of the safeguarding partners across the Bradford District to promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people; provides an overview of the issues facing children and young people across the Bradford District including those with specific vulnerabilities; reports on the quality of services that are provided by agencies within Bradford and the results of both local and national inspections of services.

 

Recommended-

 

That the contents of the report be noted.

 

                                                                        (Lawrence Bone – 01274 435927)

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

That a report be presented in 12 months time and in preparation, discussions to take place with officers, the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Chair and Deputy Chair to agreed on the key areas to be included in the report at the earliest opportunity.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director of Childrens Services

 

 

9.

CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 244 KB

The report of the Joint Mental Health Commissioner Document “AK”  provides the committee with an update on progress made to review and improve mental health support for children and young people since the last report in February 2020.

 

Recommended-

 

The committee is asked to note the outcomes of the system wide review and subsequent work undertaken to improve mental health support in Bradford.

 

                                                                        (Sasha Bhat – 01274 737537)                                                     

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Members considered the report and no resolution was passed on this item.

10.

SICKNESS ABSENCE AND RECRUITMENT IN CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE pdf icon PDF 834 KB

The Director of Children’s Services will submit Document “AL” which provides an overview of sickness absence and reasons for this in the period April 2019 to August 2020 with predominant focus on the social work employee group. The report also provides an overview of recruitment activity and plans. 

 

The views of the Committee are invited around the content of this report and a timeframe around frequency of updates.

 

                                                                        (Richard Fawcett – 01274 436041)

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

That sickness absence and recruitment in Children’s Social Care be considered as part of future improvement plan reports and smarter targets for Social Care Worker absence be developed.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director of Children’s Services

 

11.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and

Scrutiny Committee (Document “AM”) includes the Committee’s work programme for 2020/21.

 

Recommended-

 

(1)          That members consider and comment on the areas of work included in the work programme.

 

(2)       That members consider any detailed scrutiny reviews that they may wish to conduct.

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved-

 

That the work programme continue to be kept under review and changes be made as necessary, in light of the Covid19 pandemic.

 

ACTION: Overview & Scrutiny Lead