Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Decision:

Apologies were received from Councillor A Hadley (substituted by Cllr S Osborne).

2.

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 )

3.

Minutes from the Meeting held on Wednesday 13 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve the minutes from the meeting held on Wednesday 13 March 2024.

Decision:

Resolved that the minutes of the Scrutiny Committee - Childrens and Families held on Wednesday 13 March 2024 be confirmed as a correct record.

4.

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’.

Decision:

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

5.

Scrutiny Committee - Children and Families Work Programme pdf icon PDF 188 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 2023/2024

(b)  The Committee’s outcome tracker

(c)  Summary meetings overview 2023/2024

(d)  Draft Committee work plan 2024/2025 - to note the items planned for the next meeting on 26 June 2024. Committee members are invited to identify items for consideration at the next few meetings.

 

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:

Decision:

The Committee received and noted the Committee’s current work programme, outcome tracker, meetings overview from 2023/24, draft work programme for 2024/25 and the Executive Forward Plan of planed key decisions in the coming months including Executive meetings.

6.

Update on short break provision / action plan pdf icon PDF 899 KB

To consider PowerPoint presentation.

 

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

Decision:

Further to the meeting held on 10 January 2024, the Committee received a presentation which provided a progress update on short break provision. It was noted that the action plan had been shared with the Committee.  The Committee discussed the proposals / model for new homes, budget, timescales and next steps.

 

The Committee was very supportive of the proposals and direction of travel and looks forward to seeing the project as it moves forward.

7.

Education for Life - Progress on Years 2-5 pdf icon PDF 825 KB

To consider PowerPoint presentation.

 

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

Decision:

The Committee received a presentation which provided an update on progress on the Education for Life Strategy and the actions and focus for years 2 – 5.

8.

Update on DBS checks for Councillors pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Decision:

The Committee noted the update from the Scrutiny Manager, Jamie Jackosn on the position with regard to DBS checks for Councillors.

9.

Care Experience as a Protected Characteristic pdf icon PDF 610 KB

To consider PowerPoint presentation.

 

Note – the Chair will allow 25 minutes for this agenda item.

Decision:

The Committee received a presentation on the care experience as a Protected Characteristic. The Council in May 2023 agreed to 8 recommendations to implement care experience as a Protected Characteristic and the Committee noted the actions arising. In March 2020 the Council signed the national Care Leaver’s Covenant and Committee to meeting its five core outcomes. Noted the Somerset definition of ‘care leavers and care experienced’ and the proposed next steps / considerations for implementation.

10.

Items for Information - Standing Item

1. 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) LGA virtual event - Improving support for care leavers – circulated on 15 April 2024

(b) Update on Academisation Programme – link to website - Academisation Pipeline Page | Support Services for Education- circulated on 25 April 2024

(c) Note about Education Standards Standing Panel – to be circulated

 

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

 

2. The Committee is asked to note the proposed meeting dates for 2024/2025 - the meetings will be held in Deane House, JMR, Taunton except where indicated:-

·         Wednesday 26 June @ 10am.

·         Monday 5 August @ 1.30 pm.

·         Wednesday 18 September @ 10am (Sedgemoor Room, Bridgwater).

·         Tuesday 29 October @ 10am.

·         Monday 9 December @ 1.30pm.

·         Wednesday 22 January @ 10.30am.

·         Monday 10 March @ 1.30pm.

·         Wednesday 23 April @ 10.30am.

 

Decision:

1.   The Committee noted the following items for information:

 

(a)  LGA virtual event – Improving support for care leavers

(b)  Update on Academisation Programme – link to website – Academisation Pipeline Page | Support Services for Education

 

2.   Noted the proposed meeting dates for 2024/2025:-

 

The meetings will be held in Deane House, JMR, Taunton except where indicated:-

·      Wednesday 26 June @ 10am.

·      Monday 5 August @ 1.30 pm.

·      Wednesday 18 September @ 10am (Sedgemoor Room, Bridgwater).

·      Tuesday 29 October @ 10am.

·      Monday 9 December @ 1.30pm.

·      Wednesday 22 January @ 10.30am.

·      Monday 10 March @ 1.30pm.

·      Wednesday 23 April @ 10.30am.