Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 14th December, 2016
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 Elsi Hampton, Cllr Di Hewitt, Cllr Barbara Inman, Cllr Lauriane Povey and Cllr Tracey Stott.
Officers:
M.Gray, D.McConnell (CS); N.Hart, J.Trainer (ADE).
In Attendance:
Simon White (Head Teacher - Egglescliffe School)
Apologies for absence:
submitted on behalf of Councillors Patterson, Mrs Walmsley and Watson.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
57/16
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
CYP
58/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CYP
59/16
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 30TH NOVEMBER 2016
AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 30th November 2016 be approved.
CYP
60/16
CHILDREN'S SERVICES: PERFORMANCE UPDATE DIGEST
AGREED that the content of the Children's Services Performance Update and comments provided, be noted.
CYP
61/16
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF STOCKTON LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN'S BOARD (SLSCB)
AGREED that the final draft report of the Committee's review of the SLSCB be approved and be referred to Cabinet for consideration.
CYP
62/16
PROGRESS UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the assessment of progress against the monitoring updates be approved..
CYP
63/16
MEMBER VISITS TO FRONTLINE SERVICES
AGREED that Members submit any outstanding forms from previous visits.
CYP
64/16
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.
5.00pm-6.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
58/16
There were no Declarations of Interest declared.
CYP
59/16
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting of the Children & Young People Select Committee held on 30th November 2016.
CYP
60/16
Consideration was given to the content of performance reports on the following areas of activity which had been referred to Cabinet:-

i) Safeguarding and Looked After Children;
ii) Early Help;
iii) School Performance;
iv) Educational Performance of Vulnerable Groups;
v) Ofsted Inspection - post inspection plan.

Members comments/discussion on the above were summarised as follows:-

-Safeguarding and Looked After Children

Reference was made to the proportion of care leavers in EET (43.5%). It was acknowledged that this was a difficult challenge to overcome despite the fact that Ofsted had praised our contact overall with LAC and despite the fact that our performance was reviewed regularly, including at MALAP.

The Chair referred to the Council's commitment in trying to ensure that people within EET were not financially worse off than when on benefit. Correspondence had recently been received regarding LAC entitlement to Council Tax benefit and this was currently being considered by Authorities in the region with a view to establishing the financial implications involved and the eligibility of those who would qualify.

With regard to the number of case file audits assessed as requiring improvement, members were reassured that none of these had any impact on safeguarding, with the issues being mostly around the plans and targets being not SMART enough.


-Early Help - reference was made to the fact that the rate of admissions into hospital for young people as a result of self harm was higher in this area than both the regional and national rates. It was questioned how much of a priority area this was for CAMHS?

The Director of Children's Services advised that work was on-going currently jointly with Hartlepool B.C. redesigning the service with the intention of securing intervention at an earlier stage. It was noted that there is a significant lag with this data and that performance was last measured in 2012/13 and therefore also a little dated.
CYP
61/16
Consideration was given to the final draft report of the Committee's review of the SLSCB, which included the recommendations previously agreed by the Committee.

The final report would be submitted to Cabinet in January for consideration.
CYP
62/16
The Committee received a Monitoring update of progress made on the following reviews carried out by this Committee:-

-Transition from Primary to Secondary;
-Child Sexual Exploitation;
-Employment and Education.

Members were able to hear first hand via a presentation from Simon White, the Head Teacher at Egglescliffe School, the positive impact felt by this school following their own work implementing the transition guarantee.

Mr White commented that the LGA had also been advised of how instrumental the transition work had been in transforming outcomes within the school.

The Head of Schools and SEN advised that every Primary School apart from one was now engaged with the transitional guarantee. Members advocated the development/use of any available technology , such as an App that would supplement any of the excellent work involved within transition.

Members also received assurances that much was currently being done by the LSCB to develop a multi-agency training strategy to address CSE and other safeguarding issues; and therefore a more accurate picture of performance would be seen once this current work had been completed.
CYP
63/16
There were no Member visits to report. Members were reminded to submit any forms that were outstanding from previous visits.
CYP
64/16
Members were advised that the scheduled meeting of the Committee in January could now be cancelled.

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