Meeting documents

SCC Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee
Monday, 25th July, 2022 1.00 pm

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton. View directions

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 357628 or Email:  Fiona Abbott on 01823 357628 or Email:

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Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils can be viewed on the Council Website


The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via request to the Democratic Service Team.


Any new or updated declarations of interest will be received.



There were no additional declarations of interest made at the meeting.


Minutes from the previous meeting held on 20 June 2022 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

  • View the decision for item 2.

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.


The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 20 June 2022 were approved and signed as a correct record.


Public Question Time

The Chair will allow members of the public to ask a question or make a statement about any matter on the agenda for this meeting. These questions may be taken during the meeting, when the relevant agenda item is considered, at the Chair’s discretion.


There were no questions asked, statements made or petitions presented.


Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To receive an update from the Governance Manager. To assist the discussion, the following document is attached - The Committee’s Work Programme.


Please use the following link to view the latest Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions that have been published on the Council’s website Executive Forward Plan of Key Decisions



The Committee considered and noted the Committee’s current work programme and the Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions in coming months, including Executive meetings.


It was agreed: -

·         That the Council’s Assistant Director Inclusion was asked to provide a ‘briefing on a page’ on the current situation regarding school  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Education and Inclusion Services Redesign pdf icon PDF 860 KB

The presentation slides circulated with the agenda provides an overview / for information for the Committee.


The Council’s Assistant Director, Inclusion, Dr Rob Hart will talk through the key points at the meeting.


The Committee received a PowerPoint presentation from the Council’s Assistant Director, Inclusion Dr Rob Hart, who presented the proposals for the Education and Inclusion Services redesign.


Dr Hart covered the following in the presentation – context / aims of the service redesign and the need for systemic change; outlined the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Update on budgetary pressures in Children's Services

This agenda item will be led by the Council’s Deputy Director Children’s Services, Claire Winter.


For background, see 2022/23 Revenue Budget Monitoring Report – Month 2 – End of May 2022


The Chair advised that unfortunately the Council’s Deputy Director Children’s Services was unable to attend the meeting. It was noted that the Ofsted Inspection of Children’s Services is currently taking place.


As a background to the item, the link to the revenue budget monitoring report had been shared with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Items for Information - Standing Item

(a)  The Children and Young People’s Plan 2022-2024


The public facing version is available on this link: Children and Young Peoples Plan 2022-24 - Public Facing Plan v6.pdf


If Committee members have any questions or comments on the information, please contact in the first instance and before the date of the meeting.


The Committee noted the following item for information:-


(a)  Somerset Children and Young People’s Plan 2022 – 2024 approved at the Full Council meeting held on 20 July 2022



Any other urgent items of business

The Chair may raise any items of urgent business.


There were no other items of business.