Agenda, decisions and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee
Friday 8th December 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 359045  Email:

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room. The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via the Community Governance team.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes from the meeting held on 17 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.


The Committee agreed the minutes of the last meeting as being an accurate record and the Chair signed them.


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.  


(taken just prior to agenda item 8)

Mr Nigel Behan spoke and he asked about the response to a question he had asked at the last meeting concerning Commissioning. He then also asked a number of questions about the on-going consultation regarding the proposed changes to Family Support Services with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.


SEND Peer review - update pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To consider a report and receive an update.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered this report that provided Members with a summary of progress made following a peer review of the Council carried out last May by Gloucestershire County Council, as part of the preparation for a Local Area Inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disability 0-25 (SEND 0-25) by OFSTED  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.


Somerset Safeguarding Children's Board Annual Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered this Annual Report of the SSCB that provided an overview on the effectiveness of child safeguarding and the promotion on the welfare of children in the local area. The Annual Report, a statutory requirement of the Children Act, offered of a transparent assessment of the performance and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.


Family Support Services pdf icon PDF 530 KB

To receive an update.


The Committee received an update provided by a Public Health Consultant who used a PowerPoint presentation to provide an overview of the headline figures from the recent public engagement exercise.


It was stated that 488 people had completed the consultation questionnaire and feedback had been taken from 346 people had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


Scrutiny Work Programme


The Committee considered and noted the Council’s Forward Plan of proposed key decisions in forthcoming months. 


The Committee considered and agreed its own work programme and the future agenda items listed, and it was requested that a future agenda item consider a proposed Paediatric/Maternity review.


The Committee noted the outcome  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Ofsted inspection feedback

To receive an update.


The Committee received a verbal update from the Director of Children’s Services (DCS) on the recent return visit of the Ofsted inspectors. Although the DCS noted the final report from the Inspectors would not be available until January during their re-inspection of Somerset they had informally confirmed that significant progress  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chair may raise any items of urgent business.


There were no other items of business and the Chair thanked all those present for attending and closed the meeting at 12:47 wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.