Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 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.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

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. 

 

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

 

5.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

To consider 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.

 

6.

PROGRESS UPDATE FOLLOWING OFSTED INSPECTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES CHILDREN'S SERVICES (ILACS) - OFSTED MONITORING VISIT PREPARATION, PROGRESS AND CONTINUED CHALLENGE pdf icon PDF 129 KB

The report of the Strategic Director Children’s Services(Document “K”) will provide the Committee with a progress update in respect of improvements identified within the Ofsted Improvement Plan, namely:

 

1.        Ofsted October 2019 monitoring visit outcome, progress and continued challenge.

 

2.        Programme approach, planning and identified projects in Phase One for innovation and improvement.

 

Recommended -

 

That this Committee notes the contents of Document “K”.

 

                                                                        (Irfan Alam – 01274432904)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That this Committee requests an overview and more focused reports to be presented on key aspects of the improvement plan, starting with Children’s Social Care Contact and other areas such as:

 

-       Children’s Social Care Referrals;

-       Rate of Children subject to a Child Protection Plan;

-       Length of time on Child Protection Plans;

-       Trends in the number of looked after children number and comparison with other authorities;

-       percentage visits completed on time.

 

Mark Douglas – 01274 431266

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Children’s Services

7.

EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS 2019 - EARLY YEARS TO KEY STAGE 5 - PROVISIONAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 562 KB

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “L” which outlines and provides updates on some of the key outcomes for Bradford schools from the 2019 national tests and teacher assessments for the following key stages:

·           Early Years Foundation Stage – 5 year olds  (Revised Results: 17th October)

·           Phonics & Key Stage 1 – 7 year olds  (Final Results: 26th September)

·           Key Stage 2 – 11 year olds  (Final Results: 13th December)

·           Key Stage 4 – 16 year olds  (Final Results: 31st January 2020)

·           Key Stage 5 – 18 Year olds  (Final results: 31st  January 2020)

 

Recommended-

 

(1)          That the report (Document “L”) on the performance of Bradford’s Children and Young People in Key Stage tests for 2019 be noted.

 

(2)       That Members continue to encourage families in their wards to become more actively engaged with their children’s learning, attendance, health and well being in order to further improve their children’s learning  capacity and resilience.

 

                                                                                    (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That this Committee requests that future reports also contain details of key areas of improvement, and actions being taken to continue to address them, focusing on the approaches being taken to improve Bradford Council’s ranking in this area.

 

                                                                        Marium Haque – 01274 431078

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Children’s Services

8.

BRADFORD OPPORTUNITY AREA pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Since the publication of the delivery plan in January 2018, the Bradford Opportunity Area has been delivering on £12m worth of DfE investment through a range of programmes and activities to help improve social mobility for young people across the Bradford district. It first reported to Children’s Services Overview &Scrutiny Committee in February 2018 to discuss plans and again updated the Committee in September 2018. The report of the Strategic Director of Children’s Services (Document “M”)includes details of how the programme of activity is being monitored and evaluated and confirms activity which is being delivered as part of our third year of delivery.

 

Recommended -

 

That the programme progress be noted for information and the use of the Social Mobility Dashboard be endorsed to support the work of Area Committees.

 

                                                            (Kathryn Loftus -01274 434590)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          That this Committee requests that more up-to-date information in relation to the Bradford Opportunity Area be circulated to members, as soon as possible and within three months.

 

(2)          That a progress update be presented in relation to the programme in 12 months, with a specific focus on outcomes for children.

 

Kathryn Lofthouse – 01274 434590

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Children’s Services

 

9.

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROVISION SCRUTINY REVIEW - DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “N”) presents the DRAFT Terms of Reference for the Alternative School Provision Scrutiny Review.

 

Recommended -

 

That the Committee adopts the DRAFT Terms of Reference contained in Document “N”.

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the Terms of Reference be adopted, subject to the amendments raised by members.

 

                                                                        Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574

 

ACTION:  Overview and Scrutiny Lead

10.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - WORK PROGRAMME 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “O”) includes the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee work programme for 2019/20. 

 

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.

 

                                                                        Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574

 

ACTION:  Overview and Scrutiny Lead