Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 19th February, 2020
Time:
17.00
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Carol Clark(Chairman), Cllr Barbara Inman, Cllr Clare Gamble, Cllr Ray Godwin, Cllr Tony Hampton, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr Sally Ann Watson
Officers:
Martin Gray, Ian Caley (CS), Judy Trainer, Rebecca Saunders-Thompson (MD)
In Attendance:
Cllr Lisa Evans (Cabinet Member for Children & Young People), Peter Smith (Stockton-on-Tees Healthwatch - Vice Chair)
Item Description Decision
Public
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38/19
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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39/19
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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40/19
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING HELD ON THE 4TH DECEMBER 2019 FOR APPROVAL / SIGNATURE
 
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41/19
HEALTHWATCH ANNUAL REPORT 2018/19
AGREED That the Annual Report be noted.
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42/19
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF CAREERS PROVISION
AGREED that the final report be approved for submission to Cabinet.
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43/19
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE COST OF SCHOOL UNIFORM
AGREED that the draft scope and project plan of the review be approved subject to the amendments above.
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44/19
OVERVIEW REPORTS 2020
AGREED that the information be noted and the proposed topic suggestions be put forward for the scrutiny work programme 2020/21.
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45/19
SELECT COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2019/20
 
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46/19
CHAIRS UPDATE
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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38/19
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and the evacuation procedure was noted.
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39/19
Cllr Watson declared a personal interest in item 6 as a neighbour owns a school clothing company.
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40/19
The minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2019 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
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41/19
Members were presented with the Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees Annual Report 2018/19. Members received information on the report and the work of Healthwatch which included:

• A key priority for this year had been an assessment of the work of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health services, including Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
• Healthwatch consult the views of parents and carers as part of their work to improve health and social care services
• Healthwatch officers were working with Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF) members to find out what priorities young people have in terms of health and social care services. BMBF members had taken part in face to face discussions and online consultations
• Healthwatch would like to ensure that they are consulting with a wide range of young people, and asked if members could suggest any other groups of young people who could be contacted to complete surveys

The Committee requested the following further information:

•The results/report of Healthwatch’s work with CAMHS.
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42/19
Consideration was given to the draft final report and recommendations.

Members asked if it could be stated in the executive summary that the Gatsby Benchmarks had been positively received by schools.
It was noted that the work from the scrutiny review was already having a positive impact on schools in the Borough.
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43/19
Consideration was given to the Scope and Project Plan of the cost of school uniform.

The main issues/services that would be covered by the review included:

• The issues raised by residents about the cost of school uniform and the opportunities locally to support parents in meeting those costs.

• It was recognised that the Council had a limited role on this issue and it was largely a matter for schools. The focus of the review would therefore be on working with schools to identify the issues for them and for parents and identifying if there are options to support parents in meeting the costs of school uniform.

• Evidence would be provided from SBC Children’s Services, Schools, SBC/SDAIS, Parents groups, BMBF, Other Local Authorities and students.

The Committee requested further information as follows:

• Members requested that evidence from foodbanks be gathered during the review to document the provisions/support given to those who cannot afford to purchase uniform.

• Members would like to explore the relationship between schools and uniform suppliers. Members would also like to determine if uniform recycling schemes exist in schools.

•Members requested that parents are surveyed on whether the cost of school uniform influences their decision when applying for school places.
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44/19
Consideration was given to the Overview Report 2020 for Children’s Services.

• It was noted that text was missing from point 9 and should read: …

“The new 0-19 service continues to see improvements in the rate at which visits for early years have increased.”

The main issues discussed were as follows:

• Point 7 of the report was highlighted regarding the significant increase in the take up of early years provision for disadvantaged two year olds.

• Members were informed that the rate at which children leave care remains low compared to geographical and statistical neighbouring Authorities and needs to increase if the rate of children in care is to be reduced.

• Topic suggestions for the Scrutiny Work Programme 2020-21 included:

o A review of our approach to early years support, with a specific focus on the extent to which we are identifying additional needs early enough, as a means of improving school readiness and reducing demand for statutory assessment.

o A review of the issues and business case associated with the development of more in house residential care provision.

o Performance and effectiveness in ensuring that care leavers are able to access education, employment and training opportunities
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45/19
Consideration was given to the Children and Young People Select Committee Work Programme for 2019-2020.

The next meeting of Children and Young People Select Committee would be on 18 March 2020.
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46/19
The Chair had nothing to update.

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