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Public Guidance Notes contained in Agenda Annexe pdf icon PDF 518 KB

Information about the Scrutiny Committee - Children & Families pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Details on how to join the meeting online pdf icon PDF 91 KB


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )


Minutes from the Meeting held on Wednesday 15 May 2024 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To approve the minutes from the meeting held on Wednesday 15 May 2024.


Public Question Time

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

We are now live webcasting most of our committee meetings and you are welcome to view and listen to the discussion. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, please see details under ‘click here to join online meeting’.


Scrutiny Committee - Children and Families Work Programme pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive an update from the Service Manager, Governance Scrutiny. To assist the discussion, the following documents are attached:-


(a)   The Committee’s work programme

(b)   The Committee’s outcome tracker


Please use the following links to view the latest Somerset Council Forward Plans and Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions that have been published on the Council’s website:


Somerset Council Forward Plans


Somerset Council Executive Forward Plan

Additional documents:


Children’s Services Transformation Plan and the wider Transformation Programme (deep dive)

To consider PowerPoint presentation (to follow).


As background, refer to update to Executive on 5 June 2024 – Somerset Council Improvement and Transformation Programme Risk Register and Programme Update


The following members previously indicated an interest / have been involved in the priorities / areas discussions:-


·         Education for Life – Jo Simons.

·         CLA Transformation – Cllr Evie Potts-Jones, Cllr Martin Lovell.

·         SEND Strategy – Cllr Simon Carswell, Cllr Frances Nicholson.

·         Connect Somerset – Tobie Osmond, Ruth Hobbs.


Note – the Chair will allow 55 minutes for this agenda item.

Additional documents:


Education, Health & Care Plan and annual reviews

To consider PowerPoint presentation.


Note – the Chair will allow 30 minutes for this agenda item.


Children's Services - Budget Monitoring pdf icon PDF 539 KB

To consider PowerPoint presentation.


As background, a report on the Provisional Revenue Outturn and Emerging Issues for 2024-25will be considered at the Scrutiny Committee – Corporate & Resources at its meeting on 19 June 2024. This provides members with the latest position on budget monitoring through a high level provisional 2023/24 outturn position for each service ahead of the final outturn being finalised and to highlight the potential emerging financial issues for the year.


Note  the Chair will allow 30 minutes for this agenda item.


Items for Information - Standing Item

This is a standing agenda item and will provide details of information sent to Committee members in between meetings, that cover the Committee’s policy areas.


(a)  The SENDIAS Annual Report – circulated on 11 June 2024


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