Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 25th January, 2012
Time:
05.00 p.m.
Place:
New Lecture Theatre, Stockton Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Barbara Inman (Chairman), Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Ben Houchen, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Andrew Sherris (vice Cllr Ken Lupton), Cllr Tracey Stott
Officers:
Beccy Brown (C); Lynda Brown (CESC); Fiona McKie, Judith Trainer (LD).
In Attendance:
Mr R G Lupton, Mr D Campbell (Non Voting Co-opted Representatives).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Mick Eddy, Cllr Ken Lupton, Cllr Ross Patterson; N Moffat (Diocesan Representative).
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
44/11
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
CYP
45/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
CYP
46/11
MINUTES FOR SIGNING 23RD NOVEMBER 2011
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CYP
47/11
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING - 14TH DECEMBER 2011
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CYP
48/11
EIT REVIEW OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EARLY INTERVENTION GRANT - ACTION PLAN
AGREED that the EIG Action Plan be approved.
CYP
49/11
EIT REVIEW OF SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS
AGREED that the information be received.
CYP
50/11
QUARTERLY PROGRESS UPDATE ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the Progress Updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed.
CYP
51/11
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.
CYP
52/11
CHAIRS UPDATE
AGREED that the Chair's update be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
46/11
The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd November 2011 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CYP
47/11
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 14th December 2011.

Matters Arising

Members held discussion on 'Managed Moves' and it was requested that the protocol be circulated to Members.
CYP
48/11
Members were provided with the Action Plan for the EIT Review of the Early Intervention Grant (EIG).

Members discussed the procurement process to seek a partner to deliver Children's Centre operations. It was stated that deadline for bids was 27th January and that successful service providers would be announced by 12th March 2012. The Chair and Vice Chair as well as other appropriate partners were all involved in the procurement process.

Formal consultation with Unions and Employees to redesign the Early Years Service would expire on 10th February 2012.
CYP
49/11
Members were provided with a presentation on the Initial Options and Proposals for the EIT Review of School Effectiveness.

The following broad proposals were discussed by the Committee:-

1. Align and integrate teams and personnel so that the structure enables efficient and effective service delivery and removes duplication. Where staff and teams are pupil facing, improve outcomes.

2. Review and strengthen business models for 'buy back' services so that we can compete with other providers of the same services.

3. Design a 'whole system' school improvement model, rooted in collaboration with Stockton Schools so that we can build capacity for school to school support and include a cost recovery mechanism for the LA and participating schools.

4. Bring forward options that create capacity and resource in business planning and commissioning and that will support schools in what they see as strategic partnership priorities.

5. To review Terms and Conditions/contractual arrangements.

6. To monitor the impact of other reviews/changes on service levels and outcomes for children.

7. Re-align premature retirement and redundancy costs.

It was reported that the broad themes were currently being shared with employees, Governors and Head Teachers. The Trade Unions had been consulted and had commented. Further meetings were due to be held with both Primary and Secondary Head Teachers.

Further reports would be presented on 22nd February and 21st March 2012. The final report would be ready to submit to Cabinet in April.
CYP
50/11
Members were requested to consider the assessments of progress contained within the attached Progress Updates on the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the reviews of Child Placements and Universal Youth Services.

CYP
51/11
The next meeting would be held on 22nd February 2012 and a further meeting was agreed to be arranged on 21st March 2012.
CYP
52/11
It was reported that the next topics for review by the Executive Scrutiny Committee would be Quality of Childcare and Child Placements/Foster Care.

It was also noted that at the last meeting of this Municipal Year Members would receive a refresh on the scrutiny toolkit on how to demonstrate value for money and other key ingredients of a scrutiny review.

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