Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee
Friday 25th January 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 359045  Email: ndmilne@somerset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

34.

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.

The Chair of the Committee will ask for any other declarations.

Minutes:

There were no delcarations made.

35.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 7 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

The Chair of the Committee will ask for confirmation that the attached minutes are an accurate record of the last meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

36.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The Chair of the Committee will allow members of the public, who have registered, to ask a question/s and/or make a statement/s about any matter on the agenda for this meeting. Each member of the public that has registered to speak is allocated 3 minutes.  

At the Chair’s discretion, questions and statements from the public may be taken during the meeting, when the relevant agenda item is considered.  

Minutes:

There were a number of questions submitted by members of the public regarding agenda item 10 - Update on CAF-14b Proposals for the alteration and / or reduction of early help services provided to children and their families – ‘getset’. The Chair invited the following speakers to ask  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To discuss any items for the forthcoming work programme. To assist the discussion, the following documents are attached:

a) – The Cabinet’s latest published forward plan;

b) – Current Work Programme for the Committee.

 

At the last meeting the Committee requested that the Outcome Tracker be refreshed and updated. An updated version of the Tracker will be presented to the 22 March 2019 meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee Chair explained the reports that make up the work programme agenda item and the importance the Committee should attach to planning its future work.

 

The Committee then considered and noted the Cabinet’s Forward Plan of

proposed key decisions in forthcoming months.

 

The Committee considered and agreed its own  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.

38.

MTFP Plan for Children's Services - PeopleToo Recommendations update pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider this report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report that accompanied the following agenda item and report on the Council’s Medium Tern Financial Plan (2019-2022).  The report provided an update on decisions made in relation to the Children’s Service MTFP budget setting process and how recommendations arising from the PeopleToo review and financial plan  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Medium Term Financial Plan (2019-2022) for Children's Services pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report that summarised the key messages from the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) (2019-22) report presented to the Cabinet last December so the Committee could consider relevant service areas ahead of the more detailed budget report being presented to Cabinet and Full Council in February.

 

It was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Annual Somerset Safeguarding Children Board report pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider this report and receive a presentation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report, introduced by the Independent Chair of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB), which provided information of the activities of the SSCB regarding 2017-18. 

 

It was reported that overall, SSCB partners had continued to work together to improve their safeguarding arrangements amidst a changing national context  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Children and Young People's Plan 2019-2022 Update pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To consider this report and presentation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report that explained Somerset Children’s Trust (SCT) was developing a new 3-year Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) from April 2019.  This new CYPP would follow a multi-agency approach and be influenced by the engagement with children and young people undertaken during 2018.

 

The new CYPP  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Update on CAF-14b Proposals for the alteration and / or reduction of early help services provided to children and their families - 'getset' pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report that provided details of the public consultation and emerging proposals. Final recommendations will be presented to the Cabinet for consideration on the 11 February 2019.

 

Members were reminded that last September the Cabinet agreed to launch a public consultation exercise about the provision of level  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.

43.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chair of the Committee may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There were no other items of business.