Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee
Friday 14th June 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 359045  Email:

Note: If you wish to speak at this meeting, you must submit your questions or statements by 5.00pm on Monday 10 June 2019. 

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.


Minutes from the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 105 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 pdf icon PDF 33 KB

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.  


The Chair of the Committee invited Mr Nigel Behan, of the UNITE Trade Union, to ask a question about agenda item 6 Family Support Service update.


He noted it was stated in the report that: “Phase 3 will consider the integration of additional child and adults services to achieve a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.


Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 99 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 - to include a scope for the SEND Workshop at the July meeting;

c) – Outcome Tracker.

Additional documents:


The Chair of the Committee 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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 77.


Family Support Service (FSS) Update pdf icon PDF 81 KB


The Committee received an update on the progress of this phase of change for Public Health (PH) nurses within the Family Support Service, since the Cabinet approval in February 2018 and subsequent decisions regarding Council early help services in September 2018 and February 2019.


Regarding Phase 1 of the Transfer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 78.


Self Harm Update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee considered this report that provided an update following the submission last December of the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2018 on Emotional Health and Wellbeing entitled ‘Looking through the Lens of Self-Harm’. The report had looked at the issue of emotional resilience and had investigated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.


Proposals to implement the new Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership arrangements pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered this report, requested at the last meeting, to provide an update on the progress towards the new safeguarding children arrangements to be known as the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership, replacing the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board.


Members heard that the 3 Somerset Safeguarding Partners (Avon & Somerset Constabulary, the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.


The Chair of the Committee, after ascertaining there were no other items of business, thanked all those present for attending and closed the meeting at 12.35.