Agenda and decisions

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 7th February, 2024 4.30 pm

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

Contact: Kav Amrez / Louis Kingdom 

Items
No. Item

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 must consider their interests, and act according to the following:

 

Type of Interest

You must:

 

 

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Disclose the interest; not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

 

Other Registrable Interests (Directly Related)

OR

Non-Registrable Interests (Directly Related)

Disclose the interest; speak on the item only if the public are also allowed to speak but otherwise not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

 

Other Registrable Interests (Affects)

OR

Non-Registrable Interests (Affects)

Disclose the interest; remain in the meeting, participate and vote unless the matter affects the financial interest or well-being

 

 

 (a) to a greater extent than it affects the financial interests of a majority of inhabitants of the affected ward, and

 

(b) a reasonable member of the public knowing all the facts would believe that it would affect your view of the wider public interest;in which case speak on the item only if the public are also allowed to speak but otherwise not do not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

(2)       Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(3)       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. 

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

3.

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. 

 

(Kav Amrez / Louis Kingdom – 07929 070228 / 07890 416570)

4.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Any referrals that have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda will be reported at the meeting.

5.

BRADFORD CHILDREN'S SERVICES IMPROVEMENT PLAN pdf icon PDF 124 KB

The CEO of Bradford Children and Families Trust (BCFT) will submit a report (Document “R”) that presents a Progress Report on the Improvement Plan detailing the progress made since July up to November 2023 and the next steps of the Bradford Children and Families Trust (BCFT).

 

Recommended –

 

The Committee is invited to note this report, the new Improvement Plan and the Quarter 4 Progress Report (see appendices).

 

(Ruth Terry - ruth.terry@bradfordcft.org.uk)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  That a report on progress against the Improvement Plan, be presented to this Committee in the new municipal year, in June/July 2024 and to also include:

 

§  RAG rating, (Red, Amber and Green);

§  A qualitative summary.

 

(2)  This Committee requests that the membership of the Improvement Board and the Multi-Agency Development Group be circulated to members of this Committee and to also include the remit of both bodies.

 

To be actioned by – Charlotte Ramsden, Chief Executive Officer, for Bradford Children and Families Trust.

 

                                    (Ruth Terry – ruth.terry@bradfordcft.org.uk)

6.

AUDIT FINDINGS RELATING TO THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE pdf icon PDF 148 KB

The Strategic Director of Children’s Services will submit a report (Document “S”) which provides an update regarding the quality assurance and audit process in the Children and Families Trust, April 2023 to November 2023.

 

Recommended –

 

That the next steps are endorsed to continue to support practice improvement.

 

(Amandip Johal – 07773 248040)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That a progress report be presented in 12 months.

 

To be actioned by:  Assistant Director, Bradford Children and Families Trust.

 

                                                   (Amandip Johal – 07773 248040)

7.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - WORK PROGRAMME 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The report of the Chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “T”) includes the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee work programme for 2023/24.

 

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 Committee discussed and amended the work programme.

 

To be actioned by – Overview & Scrutiny Lead

 

                                                              (Mustansir Butt – 07582 101597)