Agenda and decisions

Corporate Parenting Panel
Monday, 18th January, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: remote

Contact: Jill Bell/Su Booth 

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. 

 

 (Jill Bell/Su Booth – 01274 434580/07814 073884)

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.

 

(Jill Bell – 01274 434580/Su Booth 07814 073884)

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3.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 November 2020 be signed as a correct record (previously published).

 

(Jill Bell – 01274 434580)

 

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. 

 

(Jill Bell - 01274 434580/Su Booth - 07814 073884)

 

5.

STRATEGIES TRACKING pdf icon PDF 90 KB

The report of the Strategic Director for Children’s Services (Document “R”) introduces two strategies – Children in Care and Care Leavers Strategy and Sufficiency Strategy.

 

Recommended –

 

That Members of the panel note and approve the contents of the strategies or alternatively offer feedback that can further strengthen these important documents.

 

                                                                        (Richard Fawcett – 07949 489308)

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

That Members of the panel note and approve the contents of the strategies and have the opportunity to offer feedback and comments that can further strengthen these important documents directly to the Assistant Director, Children’s Services.

 

Action: Strategic Director, Children’s Services

 

6.

DEPARTMENT OF PLACE pdf icon PDF 149 KB

The report of the Interim Strategic Director, Place (Document “S”) provides information on the work of The Department of Place support and activities for Looked After Children and young people across a wide range of services.

 

Recommended –

 

The views of Panel Members are sought on the range of activities and actions outlined in Paragraph 2 of this report and on areas for further development.

 

                                                                        (Jason Longhurst – 01274 434748)

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That a joint report from Children’s Services and Place be presented by the appropriate Assistant Directors to the Committee to explore cultural access for young people, specifically Children in Care.

           

(2)       That the joint report as detailed in resolution 1 be added to the work plan.

 

Action: Interim Strategic Director, Place

 

7.

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The report of the Director of Children’s Services (Document “T”) provides an update on Youth Homelessness.

 

Recommended -

 

The views of the Corporate Parenting Panel are requested. 

(Kirsty Askew – 01274 437500)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the report be welcomed and the progress within the service, specifically the monitoring of unregulated providers, the introduction of a telephone helpline and mediation services.

 

(2)       That a regular report be presented to this Committee to monitor progress going forward.

 

Action: Strategic Director of Children’s Services

8.

LEAVING WELL UPDATE pdf icon PDF 102 KB

The report of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “U”) provides an update to the panel on developments in respect of the Leaving Well ‘app’ a pathway planning tool for care leavers. 

 

Recommended –

 

The views of the Corporate Parenting Panel are requested.

 

(Kelly Bidmead/Carly Turpin – 01274 435568)

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the report be welcomed and progress made is noted.

 

(2)       That further information be presented to the Committee in the next municipal year to monitor the progress being made and on it’s use in capturing the voice of the child.

 

Action: Strategic Director of Children’s Services

9.

ADVOCACY SERVICES pdf icon PDF 122 KB

The report of the Strategic Director for Children’s Services (Document “V”) provides an overview regarding the independent advocacy service that enables children and young people to be supported and heard in matters that affect them.

 

Recommended –

 

The panel are respectfully recommended to note the progress made in this area and support the ongoing work in this service particularly with regards to advocating the Independent Visitors Service.

 

(Amandip Johal – 01274 431620/07773 248040)

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the report be welcomed.

 

(2)       That more information be provided to Members so that additional appropriate people within the Local Authority could become ‘Independent Visitors’

 

Action: Strategic Director of Children’s Services

 

10.

WORK PLAN 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

The Corporate Parenting Panel Work Plan 2020/21 (Document “W”) is submitted for consideration by the Panel.

 

 

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the meeting scheduled for Monday 5 April 2021 be moved to Monday 12 April 2021.

 

(2)       That the following reports be added to the work plan

 

·         Update on the ‘Leaving Well’ app be presented in the next municipal year

 

·         Joint report by Children’s Services and Place on cultural access for young people, specifically Children in Care be added to the 8 March 2021 including information on the ‘JUMP’ app

 

·         Homelessness update be presented in the next municipal year

 

·         the Mockingbird report be moved from 8 March onto 12 April 2021

 

 

Action: Interim Assistant Strategic Director, Safeguarding and Reviewing