WELCOME AND EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and the Evacuation Procedure was noted.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Steve Nelson declared a personal pecuniary interest in respect of agenda item 6 - Place Select Committee - Scrutiny Review of Consolidation of Thirteen Housing Group as he was a Director of Thirteen. Councillor Steve Nelson withdrew from the meeting and left the room during consideration of the item.
Councillor Steve Nelson declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 7 - Scrutiny Review of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households - Final Report of Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee as he was a Director of Thirteen. Councillor Bob Cook declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 15 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary and Secondary Schools in September 2020 as he was a governor at one of the schools detailed within the report. Councillor Mike Smith declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 15 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary and Secondary Schools in September 2020 as his daughter worked at one of the schools detailed within the report. Councillor Norma Wilburn declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 15 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary and Secondary Schools in September 2020 as she was a governor at one of the schools detailed within the report. Councillor Jim Beall declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 15 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary and Secondary Schools in September 2020 as he was the Chair of Governors at one of the schools detailed within the report. Councillor Jim Beall declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 16 - Local Authority Attendance Policy and Penalty Notice Code of Conduct as he was the Chair of Governors at one of the schools detailed within the report.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2019 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.
PEOPLE SELECT COMMITTEE - SCRUTINY REVIEW OF UNDER-REPRESENTATION OF BME COMMUNITIES IN THE SBC WORKFORCE Cabinet Decision Record D190011
1. Further work be undertaken to investigate and follow-up on undeclared ethnicity of Council staff, ensuring clarity around why the Council is requesting ethnicity data and what it will be used for, and providing a paper copy of the equality monitoring form for those staff not within a traditional office base. 2. Discussions be held at Senior Management level to understand variances of BME representation across directorates and encourage shared corporate responsibility in increasing workforce diversity. Consideration be given to directorate-specific Action Plans to identify and promote potential employment opportunities to the BME community. 3. Senior Management should continue to periodically promote all Council staff forums (including the BME Staff Forum) and take positive action to ensure Officers are supported to attend and engage. 4. Interview evaluation be developed to allow any Council job applicant to comment on the interview process (organisation, documentation, interview panel, questions, etc.) which may identify areas for improvement. 5. To increase awareness of the Council, what it provides, and potential routes for employment (including apprenticeships, work placements, etc.), SBC promote itself as a diverse employer across a large and varied range of services through multiple mediums (e.g. via social media, in schools / colleges, at targeted job fairs, with established BME community groups). 6. A poster / social media campaign be developed (similar to Be a Councillor) to promote the diversity of the Councils staff and the roles they undertake. 7. The responses from BME staff to the Employee Survey 2018 are explored, particularly around opportunities to learn, develop and progress. 8. Subject to a review of who is responsible for each identified action, a final draft BME Staff Forum Action Plan be endorsed by the Council, and the proposed report on progress of this Action Plan be shared with the People Select Committee.
PLACE SELECT COMMITTEE - SCRUTINY REVIEW OF CONSOLIDATION OF THIRTEEN HOUSING GROUP Cabinet Decision Record D190012
1. Thirteen Housing Group provide an update report to the Place Select Committee in 2019 on the new Neighbourhood Co-ordinator operating model as part of this reviews monitoring process, including assurance that the new Co-ordinators are appropriately skilled, trained and supported. 2. Thirteen Housing Group continue to seek positive relationships and strong communication with all Ward Members, and have robust plans in place for Ward Member engagement following the Local Elections in 2019. 3. Whilst acknowledging the restrictions around the national policy approach, the Committee fully support Thirteen Housing Groups commitment to looking at options to convert its future development programme from affordable rent to social rent, and request that an update is provided following Thirteen Boards discussions on this. 4. Thirteen Housing Group provide assurance around the process of re-housing Anson House and Hudson House tenants to ensure, as far as possible, that people remain in that locality in the tenure of their choice (if this is their wish). In relation to Thirteens decision to withdraw from the CBL scheme 5. Thirteen Housing Group provide assurance that the new Thirteen digital platform will accommodate the Councils requirements. If this assurance is not possible, Thirteen to provide assurance that it will include an effective interface with the current CBL operating scheme. 6. In order to mitigate additional cost burdens on the Council (including additional staffing requirements to administer the Housing Register and effectively deliver the agreed Nomination Agreement), Thirteen Housing Group provide further assurance around financial support to the Council following their exit from the current CBL scheme. 7. Thirteen Housing Group and the Council work together to ensure commonality on priority bandings in their respective Lettings / Allocation Policies, with the aim of ensuring that the Boroughs housing needs are appropriately met. Thirteen to provide the Council with regular (quarterly) updates of the number of lettings, by priority banding, made directly via the Thirteen Lettings Policy. 8. The agreed Nomination Agreement includes a fair and equitable percentage of Thirteen housing stock (including property type, tenure and location). 9. Thirteen Housing Group give an undertaking to work jointly with the Council to ensure consistent communication and messages to residents / customers leading up to and post Thirteens exit from CBL.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION FOR HOMELESS HOUSEHOLDS Cabinet Decision Record D190013
1. The positive work of the Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service to address homelessness and support those households who are homeless be noted. 2. The positive and constructive findings of the LGA Housing Advisor in relation to the Councils approach to addressing homelessness be noted, and the proposed actions in response by the Housing Service be endorsed (as outlined at section 4.26-4.32 of the Committees report). 3. In response to increasing service demands, the Council explores options for alternative models for temporary accommodation with Housing Providers. 4. The Council continues to develop detailed understanding of those who are hardest to house and the barriers to accessing (and maintaining) accommodation, and explore new forms of appropriate housing options for this client group. 5. Updates on the results of recent funding bids made during the Review be reported to the Committee as part of the monitoring process.
DRAFT MEMBER LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 2019-2023: SUPPORTING ELECTED MEMBERS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN STOCKTON ON TEES Cabinet Decision Record D190014
RESOLVED that the draft Councils Member Learning & Development Strategy 2019-23 Supporting Elected Members to Make a Difference in Stockton on Tees be approved.
IPCO (INVESTIGATORY POWERS COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE) INSPECTION Cabinet Decision Record D190015
RESOLVED that the report and positive outcome of the IPCO inspection be noted.
DEBRIEF REPORT - INDEPENDENT SAFETY ADVISORY GROUP Cabinet Decision Record D190016
RESOLVED that the report and support the 2019/20 Action / Improvement Plan be noted.
LICENSING SERVICE UPDATE Cabinet Decision Record D190017
1. The progress made to ensure public safety and support local businesses by the Licensing Service be noted. 2. The work identified which will enhance public safety and support to businesses further be agreed.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE CHILD'S JOURNEY Cabinet Decision Record D190018
The Council: In terms of strategic engagement - 1. Requires all those working with children and young people to promote a culture and use of language which recognises individuality, respects young peoples preferences on language, avoids labelling and use of jargon, and emphasises the child or young person at the heart of all we do. 2. Endorses the development of the Bright Minds Big Futures Big Committee and requests further updates on its progress. 3. Proposes that the Corporate Parenting Board continues to engage, and work closely with, the Lets Take Action Group. In terms of service change - 4. Ensures that future safeguarding partnership arrangements retain a focus on the voice of the child as part of its active learning process. 5. Supports the expanded role of the Young Inspectors beyond residential care home inspection. 6. Undertakes a specific piece of work with the Big Committee on how the Council can evidence young peoples views have an impact on care planning. 7. Undertakes consultation with children and young people to redesign the children in care / looked after review process. 8. Encourages all schools to respond to views expressed by pupils through examples such as the secondary school wellbeing survey (Schools Health Unit Exeter - SHUE) survey, which demonstrate the need for a strong pupil voice. In terms of working with individual children and young people - 9. Notes that the Committee welcomed the commitment to using appropriate tools for engagement, and consideration should be given to widening their use where appropriate. 10. Ensures a continued focus on the childs lived experience is embedded into assessment and care planning and that this is monitored through audit and supervision.
CHILDREN IN NEED REPORTING IN REVIEW Cabinet Decision Record D190019
1. An ongoing proactive approach continues to be prioritised to ensuring that social workers are only involved where there needs to be statutory social care involvement. 2. Further reviews of early help services prioritise the ability to be able to intervene early and prevent families from requiring social work intervention. This will include work on the development of a clear offer of help and support. 3. Proactive work continues in auditing of cases to ensure cases are not stuck or are remaining open to social care when they do not need to be. 4. The ongoing use of signs of safety meetings continues early in the assessment process to provide a means of co-designing a response with families. 5. Family group conferencing be extended into early help work, as this is providing to be an effective means of working with families restoratively and therefore avoiding the need for statutory social care involvement. 6. The development of work across early help and social care around the role of family workers in the management of cases which do not require social work involvement be supported. 7. Work with partner agencies around the management of risk, information sharing and alternatives to social care involvement be continued.
REPORTING-IN SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE CARE LEAVERS LOCAL OFFER Cabinet Decision Record D190020
1. Care leavers continue to be engaged on the content of the local offer. 2. The format of the offer on the Stockton Information Directory continue to be developed. 3. Work continues towards publication of the full offer by April 2019.
PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION OF PUPILS TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 2020 Cabinet Decision Record D190021
1. The proposed Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for Primary, Secondary, Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, Academies and Free School (points 5-7 and Appendix 1 of the report) be agreed. 2. The proposed admission numbers for Primary and Secondary schools for September 2020 (point 8 and Appendix 2 of the report) be agreed. 3. The proposed Admission Policy for September 2020 (point 11 and Appendix 3 of the report) be agreed.
LOCAL AUTHORITY ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PENALTY NOTICE CODE OF CONDUCT Cabinet Decision Record D190022
1. Local authority consultation take place with head teachers and chairs of governing bodies on the proposed changes to the attendance policy and Penalty notice code of conduct. 2. In particular the following key changes be noted: Retitle the local authority Attendance policy (Appendix 1) as Stockton Council Pupil Attendance and Absence Management procedure. The criteria for referral to change from less than 80% attendance during the school year to 10 unauthorised sessions of absence in the previous eight school weeks. The penalty notice code of conduct (Appendix 2) to change from a three week monitoring period to a four week period. The head teacher to be required to state in writing why a request for leave of absence in term time is not deemed as an exceptional circumstance. The attendance team to issue a notice of prosecution to parents who, after 28 days, have failed to pay the penalty notice. Should Cabinet support consultation on these proposals schools leaders and Governors will be consulted through existing forums and in writing during the Spring Term 2019 followed by appropriate training in preparation for introduction from 1st September 2019
ADOPTION TEES VALLEY BI-ANNUAL REPORT Cabinet Decision Record D190023
RESOLVED that the report be noted and agreed.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE STRATEGY 2019-23 Cabinet Decision Record D190024
RECOMMENDED to Council that Children and Young People Strategy 2019-23 be approved.
JOINT STRATEGIC NEEDS ASSESSMENT (JSNA) Cabinet Decision Record D190025
RECOMMENDED to Council that the refreshed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) be approved.
STOCKTON-ON-TEES HEALTH AND WELLBEING STRATEGY 2019-23 Cabinet Decision Record D190026
RECOMMENDED to Council that the Stockton-on-Tees Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2023 be approved.