Agenda and decisions

Corporate Parenting Panel
Monday, 29th June, 2020 4.30 pm

Venue: City Hall

Contact: 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. 

 

 (Asad Shah – 01274 432280)

 

 

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.

 

                                                                        (Asad Shah – 01274 432280)

 

 

3.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 10 January and 9 March 2020 be signed as correct records (previously circulated).

 

(Asad Shah – 01274 432280)

 

 

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. 

 

(Sheila Farnhill - 01274 432268)

 

5.

APPOINTMENT OF NON-VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS

The Panel will be asked to consider the appointment of Non-Voting Co-opted Members for the 2020/21 Municipal Year and to make a recommendation to the Regulatory and Appeals Committee.

 

Recommended –

 

That it be recommended to the Regulatory and Appeals Committee that the appointment of Non-Voting Co-opted Members to the Corporate Parenting Panel for the 2020/21 municipal year be confirmed as set out below:

 

·         Sue Lowndes to replace Yasmin Umarji

·         Inspector Steven Greenbank to replace Inspector Kevin Taylor

·         Jude MacDonald to replace Sue Thompson

·         Chair of the Children in Care Council

 

                                                            (Asad Shah – 01274 432280)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That it be recommended to the Regulatory and Appeals Committee that the appointment of Non-Voting Co-opted Members to the Corporate Parenting Panel for the 2020/21 municipal year be confirmed as set out below:

 

·         Sue Lowndes to replace Yasmin Umarji

·         Inspector Steven Greenbank to replace Inspector Kevin Taylor

·         Jude MacDonald to replace Sue Thompson

·         Chair of the Children in Care Council

 

Action: Governance Officer (YP)

 

 

6.

REPORT OF THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL ON EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN CARE WHO ARE NOT IN EDUCATION, PRE AND POST 16, INCLUDING EDUCATION DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS pdf icon PDF 286 KB

The report of the Strategic, Children’s Services (Document “A”) contains information on children not in mainstream education (including Special Schools), pre and post 16 up, to March 20th 2020. This report also contains a summary on education for children in care during the COVID crisis.

 

Recommended –

 

Members are asked to note the information contained within this report.

 

(Jonathan Cooper – 09124 436401)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.         That the information contained in Document “A” be noted.

 

2.         That School Admissions give the necessary support to the office         of Virtual School to ensure that applications for new admissions            to schools are actioned as soon as possible.

 

3.         That a further report be presented to the Corporate Parenting    Panel explaining the usage of the additional pupil premium plus    and how the premium is supporting children not in mainstream education and children in care.

 

Action:          Virtual School Head

                        Strategic Manager Admissions ?Exclusions

 

 

7.

INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF RESIDENTIAL & RESPITE CHILDREN'S HOMES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The report of the Strategic Director, Children’s Services (Document “B”) provides an overview to the Corporate Parent Panel of the arrangements in place supporting Residential and Respite Children’s Homes during Covid-19.

 

Recommended –

 

It is recommended that Regulation 44 Independent Monitoring process continues to be completed via virtual visits, on a monthly basis offering a “business as usual approach”, rather than applying the government guidelines.  This will maintain continuity of monitoring and contribute to the robust safeguarding arrangements which are in place.

 

(Suzanne Lythgow - 07582 100936)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That Regulation 44 Independent Monitoring process continues to be completed via virtual visits, on a monthly basis offering a “business as usual approach”, rather than applying the government guidelines.  This will maintain continuity of monitoring and contribute to the robust safeguarding arrangements which are in place.

 

Lead:             Regulation 44 Quality Assurance Manager

 

 

8.

REPORT ON SUPPORT FOR CARE LEAVERS LIVING INDEPENDENTLY DURING THE COVID CRISIS, INCLUDING AND UPDATE ON DIGITAL INCLUSION IN THIS GROUP pdf icon PDF 3 MB

The report of the Strategic Director, Children’s Services (Document “C”) details the support being provided for Care Leavers living independently during the COVID crisis including how the service has kept in touch with care leavers, partnerships formed with other agencies and how this supports care leavers.

 

Recommended –

 

Members are asked to acknowledge the information contained within this report.

 

(Kirsty Askew – 01274 435685)

 

 

9.

PROGRESS REPORT - CHILDREN'S SERVICES IMPROVEMENT BOARD pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The report of the Deputy Director, Children’s Social Care (Document “D”) gives progress in relation to the key issues raised in the Ofsted report and the Improvement Plan.

 

Recommended –

 

That the contents of Document “D” be noted.

 

(Irfan Alam – 01274 432904)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That a further report on the Area’s for practice improvement over the coming months (bullet points listed in 4.1.2 contained in Document “D”) be presented to the Corporate Parenting Panel in 6 months time.

 

Action:          Deputy Director, Social Care

 

 

10.

UPDATE ON CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE SERVICES pdf icon PDF 163 KB

The report of the Head of Service, South Locality (Document “E”) provides an update on Children’s Social Care Services arrangements during covid-19.

 

Recommended –

 

That the contents of Document “E” be noted.

 

Richard Fawcett – 01274 436041)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1)         That the report be welcomed.

 

2)         That an update be presented to the Corporate Parenting Panel detailing how the recovery plan had been implemented, how         services had progressed following Covid 19 outbreak and what   new select change of services would be maintained for children’s        social care services arrangements.

 

Action: Head of Service, Social Work South

 

 

11.

WORK PLAN 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

The Corporate Parenting Panel’s Work Plan for 2020/2021 is submitted for the Panel’s consideration (Document “F”).

 

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the Corporate Parenting Panel Work Plan for 2020/21 be kept under review.

 

Lead:Assistant Director, Performance, Commissioning ?Partnerships          Chair of Corporate Parenting Panel