Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 29th July, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - 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 11 March 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. 

 

(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.

 

6.

APPOINTMENT OF NON-VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS

The Committee is asked to confirm and recommend to Council the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted representatives for the 2021/2022 municipal year:

 

NON VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS:

Teachers Secondary School Representative: Tom Bright

Voluntary Sector Representative: Kerr Kennedy

Children’s Social Care – Dr Samina Karim

 

                                                                        (Fatima Butt – 01274 432227)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted representatives for the 2020/2021 municipal year be recommend to Council:

 

NON VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS:

 

Dr Samina Karim: Children’s Social Care Representative.

Teachers Secondary School Representative: Tom Bright.

Voluntary Sector Representative: Kerr Kennedy.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

 

 

7.

APPOINTMENT OF VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS

The Committee is asked to confirm and recommend to Council the appointment of the following voting co-opted representatives for the 2021/2022 municipal year:

 

Fauzia Raza - Parent Governor Representative

Joyce Simpson – Church Representative (CE)

 

                                                                                    (Fatima Butt – 01274 432227)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the appointment of the following voting co-opted representative for the 2020/2021 municipal year be recommend to Council:

 

Fauzia Raza - Parent Governor Representative from 22 September 2020.

Joyce Simpson – Church Representative (CE).

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

8.

OFSTED MONITORING VISIT - 28-29 APRIL 2021 (Help and Protection) pdf icon PDF 208 KB

The Deputy Director of Children’s Services will submit Document “A” which reports on the outcome of the Ofsted’s Inspection of Children’s Social Care Services from the 17 to 28 September 2018 and the fifth of a series of Monitoring Visits which took place on the 28 to 29 April 2021.  

 

The findings were published by Ofsted on the 4 June 2021.

 

Recommended -

 

            That the contents of the letter from Ofsted (Document “A”) be noted.

 

                                                                        (Miniza Hussain – 01274 432904)

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  The Committee considered the OFSTED monitoring letter and requests that an update on progress be brought back to this Committee, together with an updated Vital Signs report at the meeting on Wednesday 22 September 2021; as it is clear that the pace of improvement is still unsatisfactory.

 

(2)  The Children’s Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee has examined this report in the context of serious shortcomings, both historic and relatively recent, as highlighted in the Child Sexual Exploitation Thematic Child Safeguarding Practice Review.  Therefore, the necessity for driving the pace of improvement as a matter of the highest corporate priority, is clear.

 

 

Action – Strategic Director, Children’s Services

 

                                                (Mark Douglas – 01274 431266)

9.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE DRAFT WORK PROGRAMME 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “B”) presents the Committee’s Draft Work Programme 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 agreed the 2020-21 work programme and recommended that the following topics also be included in the work programme:

 

§  Valley View Home Closure;

§  Child Sexual Exploitation Child Thematic Safeguarding Practice Review;

§  Private Fostering;

§  Better Start Bradford.

 

Action:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead.

 

                                                                        (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)