Agenda

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 29th June, 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Jill Bell/Kanwal Amrez 

Items
No. Item

A. PROCEDURAL ITEMS

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 and 23 March 2022 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Jill Bell/Kawal Amrez – 07970 413716/07929 070288)

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/Kanwal Amrez – 07970 413716/07929 070288)

 

5.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The following 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 listed above 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

2022/2023 municipal year:

 

NON VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS:

 

Teachers Secondary School Representative: Tom Bright

Children’s Social Care – Dr Samina Karim

 

                                    (Jill Bell/Kanwal Amrez – 0970 413716/07929 070288)

B. OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY ACTIVITIES

7.

NATIONAL REVIEW INTO THE MURDERS OF ARTHUR LABINJO-HUGHES AND STAR HOBSON pdf icon PDF 534 KB

Following the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in Solihull in June 2020, Star Hobson in Keighley, Bradford in September 2020, and the subsequent two murder trials and convictions in December 2021 of their parents and partners, a national review of learning from the two cases was initiated.

 

The review was undertaken by the national independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. This panel commissions reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, focusing on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children, based on the possibility of identifying improvements from cases that it views as complex or of national importance.

 

The review's primary focus was to try and understand how and why public services and systems designed to protect children were not able to do so. The review looked in detail at service responses to the two children's experiences, to make sense of what can be learned and must do differently in the future locally and nationally. The review, published on the 26th of May 2022 has six local and eight national recommendations. The Overview and Scrutiny report (Document “A”) focuses primarily on the national and local recommendations in respect of Star Hobson.

 

Recmmended -

 

            That the Overview and Scrutiny committee commit to working closely with partners to deliver on the recommendations within the developmental action plan and progressing the extensive wider work presently on going in Bradford.

 

                                                            (Darren Minton 01274 434361)

 

8.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE DRAFT WORK PROGRAMME 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and

Scrutiny Committee (Document “B”) presents the Committee’s Draft

Work Programme 2022-23.

 

 

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)

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