Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014
Time:
5.00pm
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Carol Clark (Chair); Cllr Ben Houchen, Cllr Barbara Inman, Cllr Ken Lupton, Cllr Ross Patterson, Cllr Norma Stephenson O.B.E and Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley.
Officers:
S McLurg (CESC); J Trainer, P K Bell (LD).
In Attendance:
None.
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Elliot Kennedy and Cllr Tracey Stott.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no interests declared.
CYP
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 19TH FEBRUARY 2014
The minutes of the meeting held on 19th February 2014 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
CYP
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DRAFT MINUTES - 26TH MARCH 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CYP
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SCRUTINY REVIEW OF A SAFER PLACE FOR CHILDREN
AGREED that:-

1. The information be noted.

2. The "A Safer Place for Children" document be re -circulated for comments.
5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
3/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 26th March 2014.
CYP
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Members considered a copy of the "Local Safeguarding Children Board - A Safer Place for Children" document as part of the Scrutiny Review of A Safer Place for Children. Shaun McLurg (Head of Children and Young People's Services), was in attendance at the meeting to present the document and answer any questions on the document.

The document covered the following headings:-

* Legal background
* Unsupervised children
* Organised activities for children in public settings
* Evacuation procedures
* Adults in areas designated for children's use
* Use of staff toilets
* Consultation and surveys
* Avoiding situations where staff may be in a vulnerable position
* Dealing with unacceptable behaviour
* Family friendly
* Use of the internet
* The wider context of child safety

The main issues discussed were as follows:-

* The list of organisations that had been consulted on the document
* The recommended age for unaccompanied children
* The status of the document as a guidance tool

The Committee noted that a key issue was the permitted age of unaccompanied children in the policy guidelines and that the recommended age limit was at odds with the policy of Tees Active which was based on industry guidelines. In addition, there was some uncertainty with regards to who had been consulted on the document. The Committee agreed that the document should be re-circulated to all the agencies with feedback reported back to the next meeting of the Committee.

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