Agenda and draft minutes

Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 27th June, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Catmose

Contact: Joanna Morley  01572 758271

Items
No. Item

74.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mrs Burrows and Mr Bool. Miss Waller attended as a substitute for Mrs Burrows.

 

Apologies were also received from the Co-opted members Mr French and Mr Menzies.

75.

RECORD OF MEETING

To confirm the record of the meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee held on 14 March 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel held on 14 March 2019, copies of which had been previously circulated, were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

76.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.

Minutes:

      i.        Miss G Waller declared a personal interest in the agenda as she was the Vice-Chair of Governors at a Rutland primary school.

    ii.        Mr Lowe declared a personal interest in the agenda as he was a school Governor at Catmose Primary.

77.

PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS

To receive any petitions, deputations and questions received from Members of the Public in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 217.

 

The total time allowed for this item shall be 30 minutes.  Petitions, declarations and questions shall be dealt with in the order in which they are received.  Questions may also be submitted at short notice by giving a written copy to the Committee Administrator 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

 

The total time allowed for questions at short notice is 15 minutes out of the total time of 30 minutes.  Any petitions, deputations and questions that have been submitted with prior formal notice will take precedence over questions submitted at short notice.  Any questions that are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting and be the subject of a report to the next meeting.

 

Minutes:

No petitions, deputations or questions were received.

78.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE FROM MEMBERS pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider any questions with notice from Members received in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rules No 219 and No. 219A.

Minutes:

The Chair noted that Mrs Burrows had sent in questions for the Committee, but they had been sent in too late according to the Council’s Constitution procedure rules. However, the questions and responses would be appended to the minutes.

 

79.

NOTICES OF MOTION FROM MEMBERS

To consider any Notices of Motion from Members submitted in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule No 220.

 

Minutes:

No notices of motion had been received from Members.

80.

CONSIDERATION OF ANY MATTER REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE FOR A DECISION IN RELATION TO CALL IN OF A DECISION

To consider any matter referred to the Committee for a decision in relation to call in of a decision in accordance with Procedure Rule 206.

 

Minutes:

No matter had been referred to the Panel for a decision in relation to a call in of a decision in accordance with Procedure Rule 206.

81.

SCRUTINY PROGRAMME AND SUBSTANTIVE ITEMS FOR THE WORK PROGRAMME 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To discuss substantive items for scrutiny and inclusion in the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee’s work programme for the municipal year 2019-20.

 

The work plan for 2018-19 is attached for reference.

 

The Forward Plan is available on the website at:

 

https://rutlandcounty.moderngov.co.uk/mgListPlanItems.aspx?PlanId=217&RP=133

Minutes:

The Committee discussed possible items for inclusion in the Children and Young People Scrutiny work programme for the municipal year 2019-2020.

 

During discussion the following items were suggested:

 

·         Antisocial behaviour of young people

·         Scarcity of pre-school places

·         Sport provision for young people within the county

·         SEND funding in schools

·         Early Intervention Service

·         School admissions

·         Enhancing the voluntary sector that provides services to young people

 

82.

OFSTED FOCUSED VISIT pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive Report No.89/2019 from the Strategic Director for People.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report No.89/2019 was received from the Strategic Director for People.

 

Mr Andrews, Strategic Director for People, introduced the report the purpose of which was to provide full feedback on the outcome of the Ofsted focused visit to children’s services in March 2019, and to provide details of the response to the areas for improvement identified.

 

During discussion the following points were noted:

 

      i.        The development plan was a small part of the wider plan for Children’s Services. The wider plan included enhancing the practice and being either consistently good or better. Good practice would be shared internally and externally as there were many areas that the Council was proud of.

    ii.        Members requested that an exception report be written/presented to the Committee if actions from the Ofsted Focused Visit Development Plan were not met.

   iii.        The annual engagement meeting for Rutland held on 20 June 2019 was positive, with honest discussion taking place regarding areas needed for improvement, and how to develop the role of managers.

   iv.        A number of managers in the Children’s Service had such a broad range of work commitments that they found it difficult to dedicate enough time to the key elements of their role such as supervision. The Committee was reassured that work was being done to free up managers’ time and that staff supervisions were taking place. The Council was ensuring that managers’ were being given the right tools to performance manage staff and sufficiently challenge them. Managers were provided with an overview of performance of teams each Monday so that they could monitor staff effectively and take action when needed.

 

RESOLVED:

 

The Committee:

 

1.    NOTED the feedback and areas for improvement from Ofsted following the focused visit on 19 and 20 March 2019

 

2.    ENDORSED the actions planned and/or completed in relation to the areas for improvement identified.

 

83.

UPDATE ON THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To receive Report No.98/2019 from the Strategic Director for People.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report No.98/2019 was received from the Strategic Director for People.

 

Mr Andrews, Strategic Director for People, introduced the report the purpose of which was to provide the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee with an update on the development of the Rutland Children and Young People’s Strategic Plan (2019-2022) and to present an overview of the key priorities for 2019 and the intended outcomes.

 

During discussion the following points were noted:

 

      i.        It was noted that the health of children was not mentioned in the vision or aims for children and young people in Rutland. Mr Wilby suggested the vision be changed to “All children and young people in Rutland are happy, healthy, safe and successful.”

    ii.        There was concern that out of area services focused on statistics rather than the outcomes for children. It was noted that listening to the experiences of children provided a human element to information gained and could supplement, statistics to produce goals and outcomes.

   iii.        As young people socialised a lot more online social isolation from peer groups could be linked to a lack of technology or internet bandwidth. More activity opportunities needed to be available to those that lived in villages, especially those that were the only young person, or one of very few that lived in a village and had limited Internet access.

   iv.        It was questioned whether the Committee should discuss and identify how to bring young people into the discussion of the Oakham town project. Miss Waller stated that the Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Committee did not presently have plans to look into the project. However, as Chair of the Committee, Miss Waller stated she was to have discussions with Chris Trail (Strategic Director for Places) to discuss the project, and would ask how the Children and Young People, and the Adults and Health Scrutiny Committees could join in discussions.

    v.        It was noted that young people’s experience, spirit, and skills should be embraced as they were the future.

 

RESOLVED:

 

The Committee:

 

1.    NOTED the development of the Children and Young People

 

2.    CONSIDERED how it wished to direct future actions on key priorities in the Children and Young People’s Strategic Plan and the associated work of the Children and Young People’s Partnership

 

84.

QUARTER 4 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REPORT- REVENUE AND CAPITAL OUTTURN 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To note Report No.79/2019 from the Strategic Director for Resources.

 

The attached report was presented at Cabinet on 18 June 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was taken without debate.

 

AGREED:

 

That the Committee NOTED the report.

85.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS

To receive any other items of urgent business which have been previously notified to the person presiding.

 

Minutes:

No items of urgent business had been previously notified to the person presiding.

86.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 7pm.

 

Minutes:

Thursday 26 September 2019 at 7pm