Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: the Banqueting Hall - 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 29 July 2021 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. 

 

(Mustansir 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.

 

7.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES IMPROVEMENT JOURNEY pdf icon PDF 606 KB

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “C” which provides an update on highlights from the Children’s Services Improvement Plan and focuses on areas of progress, action in the next period and areas of concern and potential concern.

 

Recommended-

 

That the contents of the report (Document “C”) and the progress being made be noted.

 

                                                                        (Irfan Alam – 01274 432904)

                                                                       

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  This Committee requests that an informal and remote session be arranged with the Commissioner and members of this Committee at a date and time to be decided, to discuss the remit of the work to be undertaken and any key findings to date.

 

(2)  This Committee requests that the Improvement Plan be presented to the Committee, at its meeting on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

 

(3)  That the Annual Report for Looked After Children, be presented to this Committee, at its meeting on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

 

Action – Strategic Director, Children’s Services

 

                                                                        (Mark Douglas – 01274 431266)

 

8.

OVERVIEW OF THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ASPECTS OF THE IMPROVEMENT JOURNEY IN CHILDREN'S SERVICES pdf icon PDF 530 KB

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “D” which updates the Committee on key aspects relating to the workforce in Children’s Services in the last quarter.

 

Recommended-

 

That the Committee reviews, discusses and notes the details in the report (Document “D”).

 

 (Claire Threapleton - 07715 374667)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Committee requests that a more detailed report be presented in six months, which also specifically focuses on the activities being undertaken and the progress being made on increasing the number of salaried employees and reducing the number of agency workers.

 

Action – Strategic Director Children’s Services

 

                                                                        (Mark Douglas – 01274 431266)

9.

SCHOOL ORGANISATION: SCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAMME, EDUCATION CAPITAL FUNDING, ACADEMY CONVERSIONS pdf icon PDF 631 KB

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit Document “E” which  updates the committee on a number of key areas relating to School Organisation across the Bradford District.

 

Recommended-

 

That the report (Document “E”) be noted.

 

                                                                        (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

                                                           

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Committee requests that in future, annual electronic updates be provided to the Committee, with members having the option to discuss this formally if required.

 

Action - Strategic Director, Children’s Services

 

                                                                        (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

10.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 251 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “F”) presents the Committee’s Work Programme for 2021-22.

 

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 –

 

The Committee discussed and ammeneded the 2021-22 work programme.

 

Action:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)