Committee details

Scrutiny Committee - Children and Families

Purpose of committee

Every council with an executive management structure has to have an overview and scrutiny function. Somerset Council has appointed five scrutiny committees to perform this function:

·       Adults and Health

·       Children and Families

·       Climate and Place

·       Communities

·       Corporate and Resources


The scrutiny committees each fulfil a check and challenge function for decisions and policies made by the Executive.


Scrutiny Committee - Children and Families

Functional areas that are the responsibility of the Committee are as follows:

·       Investing in and improving school facilities

·       Education, Training & Skills

·       Improving the health of children & young people

·       Supporting educational achievement and improved outcomes for children & young people

·       Improving young people’s prospects and skills

·       Delivery of Personalisation Agenda and Personal Budgets

·       Protect and care for the most vulnerable

·       Support and recruit more adopters and fosterers of children

·       Improve prospects of disadvantaged children and young people and their families, and those at risk of being disadvantaged

·       Specialist services for children with disabilities

·       Special Educational Needs

·       Safeguarding children

·       School admissions

·       Academy conversions.

·       Youth offending and targeted youth work

·       Early years and children’s centres

·       Appointment of school governors


The membership of the Committee includes 2 co-opted church representatives, 2 co-opted parent governor representatives, 2 school governor representatives and 1 representative from the Schools Forum. These co-opted members have voting rights on education matters.


For further details, please see the Constitution or email Democratic Services on


Contact information

Support officer: Democratic Services on (01823) 357628 or email: