Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee
Friday 17th May 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library

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.


Minutes from the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.


The Committee agreed that the minutes of the last meeting, subject to a few amendments, were accurate and the Chair signed them.


Public Question Time

The Chairman 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 Chairman’s discretion.  


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


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;

c) – Outcome Tracker.

Additional documents:


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. It was noted that decisions regarding ‘Framework  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.


SEND Update pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee considered this report that provided an update on actions and progress to address the findings of the SEND Peer review from May 2017. It was noted that since the Peer review the inspection framework had not changed, although the SEND inspections had changed, and the recommendations from the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.


Children and Young People's Plan 2016-2019 pdf icon PDF 176 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee considered a report and received a presentation to elevate success of the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) that had run from 2016 to 2019. The report looked at and highlighted improvements in the areas of community working; partnership working; leadership; and providing clearer direction. The report also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.


Governor Services Update

To receive an overview of the work of Governor Services.


Members received a presentation from the Service Manager for Governance Services in Support Services for Education (SSE). It was explained that Governance in all its guises linked to the key priorities and outcomes within the new Children and Young People’s Plan for the Council’s Vision, “that Somerset children and young  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.


Elective Home Education Update pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider this update report.


The Committee received a report and a supporting presentation from the Strategic Manager for Access and Additional Learning Needs that explained that on 2 April 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) had published updated guidance relating to Elective Home Education (EHE). The guidance was recommending that each Council:


·         Have a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.


Somerset Children's Trust pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered this report which explained that the 3 Somerset Safeguarding Partners (the Police, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Council) were required to publish new safeguarding arrangements for children. The new arrangements, to be published by 29 June 2019, would become operational by 30 September 2019, and replace  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.


The Chair asked if there were any other matters Members wishes to discuss.


Cllr Munt requested that consideration be given to providing a list of abbreviations for Members.

She also asked if the frequency of meetings could be reviewed due to the number of reports considered at each meeting and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.