Children and young Peoples Services Scrutiny

Committee Minutes

Wed Jun 16 2010

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Present

Councillors Newcombe (Chairman), Boyle, Cann (am only), Colthorpe, Gribble, Haywood, Knight, Lee, Pennington, Robinson, Sanders, Spence, Taylor and Yabsley

Additional Members for Educational Issues:

Mrs Mabin (Church of England) (am only) and Mrs Wilson (Primary Parent Governor)

Attending in Accordance with Standing Order 25

Councillor Channon

Apologies

Councillor Bowden

*69 Appointment of Vice-Chairman

The Committee noted the appointment of Councillor Colthorpe as Vice-Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.

*70 Minutes

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 April 2010 be approved as a correct record.

*71 New Government Policy

(Councillor Channon attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke at the invitation of the Committee)

The Committee received an update from the Assistant Director Performance and Planning (CYPS) and the Director for Learning and Schools (CYPS) on recent government policy relating to children s services emanating from the Department for Education (former Department for Children, School and Families, with a similar remit).

The salient points included:

Principles included the ongoing commitment to narrowing the gap with more emphasis for localism and LAs to act as enablers rather than as direct providers.

All schools had been offered the opportunity to apply for academy status with schools judged outstanding by Ofsted to have automatic acceptance. This would impact on central services/SLAs. The implications were currently being assessed by the Directorate. Advice and information for schools on the academy proposals had been sent to all schools and members of the Council. There was no requirement on schools to consult the LA or parents and it was hoped however that schools would discuss the implications with officers, local and senior members to assist them in their decision making. A number of schools had made expressions of interests to the Secretary of State. Members asked that they be kept informed about their local schools.

In terms of the BSF programme the proposals relating to Dartmouth Community College would not be affected but no clearance had as yet been given in respect of other proposals. The central body Partnership for Schools however had indicated that the programme would proceed at some level.

The Contact Point proposal was to be stopped but would be replaced with an alternative project. (Note subsequent information indicates that this may not proceed as originally flagged up).

National Indicators were to be abolished along with Comprehensive Area Assessments and 'quangos' relating to education, training and skills would be scrutinised.

Area Based Grants (ABGs) were being reduced by government by 24% ( 3.1m for CYPS) and details of these relating to CYPS would be forwarded to members. The Directorate s Senior Leadership Team was developing proposals on how to achieve this and details of the ABGs relating to CYPS would be forwarded to members.

Government has given a commitment to protecting Sure Start funding and school budgets in this financial year.

A review of the vetting / CRB processes.

Members emphasised the need to promote effective guidance and support for young people including skills training and effective liaison in terms of economic regeneration both within the County Council and with other agencies.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the Committee be given regular updates on the emerging policy relating to children and young people s services as outlined above to include at the 15 September 2010 meeting an update on the BSF programme in Devon.

*72 14 19 Agenda Task Group

The Committee considered the report of the Task Group (CX/10/64 - text onlyCX/10/64) which covered an overview of the 14-19 agenda. The Chairman of the Group Councillor Haywood outlined the terms of reference and the 10 recommendations and the rationale for each. He emphasised the need for effective guidance and communication for the young people involved. The Director of Learning and Schools indicated that as a result in the reduction of the Area Based Grants the Directorate would assess the impact on the 14+ Learning Skills Strategic Team (recently transferred from the LSC) and they would prepare a management response to the proposals ready for the Autumn Term when nationally matters may be clearer.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Haywood and

RESOLVED that the report and the recommendations therein be commended to the Cabinet for approval.

*73 School Transport Task Group

(Councillor Channon attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke at the invitation of the Committee)

The Committee considered the report of the School Transport Task Group (CX/10/56 - text onlyCX/10/56). The Chairman of the Group Councillor Yabsley outlined the terms of reference and the 8 recommendations with the rationale for each. The Chairman of the Committee commended the report as a useful working document for all members.

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Skills outlined the new proposed transport policy for faith and grammar schools effective from 2011 subject to formal consultation in 2010 with schools and parents.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Yabsley and

RESOLVED that the report and the recommendations therein be commended to the Cabinet for approval.

*74 Devon Education Forum: Review of Educational Viability

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/57 - text only | pdf | supplementary information CY/10/57) on a consultation document produced by a Task Group of and approved by the Devon Education Forum. The consultation detailed 17 recommendations covering future school funding arrangements to help ensure equitable and sustainable funding arrangements for all local authority maintained schools. The detailed recommendations would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval in due course. The Committee received a letter from the NASUWT in connection with the proposals relating to the funding for SEN provision.

The Head of Resources Strategies outlined the funding proposals for SEN in relation to the Stepping Stones agenda and he also explained the inflation provision, the redeployment strategy as well as referring to the national review of school funding on which there would be further consultation by the new government.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the report and the recommendations therein be noted.

*75 Children and Young People s Plan 2008-2011 and Annual Report

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/59 - text only | pdf | supplementary information CY/10/59) on the Children and Young People s Plan on how the County Council and partner agencies worked to improve children s well being. The report outlined the process for the review of the Plan and arrangements for risk management.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the report be noted and that a report be submitted on the operation of the newly formed Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

*76 External Assessment of Children s Services in Devon and Review of Performance for Quarter 4 2009/10

The Committee received the joint report of the Chief Executive and Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/60 - text only | pdf | supplementary information CY/10/60) on changes in the approach inspectors were taking to form judgements on the performance profile by Ofsted and interpretation of data and CYPS performance as it related to Council strategies.

*77 CAMHS Task Group: Update on Recommendations

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/54 - text only | pdf CY/10/54) on the progress of the 13 recommendations of the former Scrutiny Task Group. The report outlined the achievements across Devon in conjunction with NHS Devon and other agencies and the remaining challenges. The report also detailed the progress against each of the Task Group s recommendations.

NHS Devon and Devon County Council through joint commissioning arrangements now commissioned CAMHS from Devon Provider Services (DPS) with medical staffing (psychiatrists) provided by Devon Partnership Trust via a sub contract with DPS.

Principles included equal access to services according to needs with priority on early intervention.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the achievements and challenges set out in the report and the progress against the 13 recommendations be noted and that a further report be submitted by Devon Provider Services on CAMHS for 15 September 2010 Committee.

*78 SEN Task Group: Update on Recommendations

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/53 - text only | pdf CY/10/53) on updates in respect of the former Task Group s 16 recommendations made in 2008/09. Many aspects of these were subsumed within the Stepping Stones programme.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the progress made be noted and in place of the annual reports on the Task Group recommendations regular reports be made on the Stepping Stones programme including 15 September 2010.

*79 Post Ofsted Action: Update

(a) The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/58 - text only | pdf CY/10/58) on the results of the national inspection programme where Devon was judged as good for safeguarding and adequate for services for Looked After Children. The report summarised the areas covered by the action plans and the remaining priorities.

(b) NHS Devon: POAP

The Committee received a report from NHS Devon on progress in terms of the actions relating to the Child Sexual Abuse Service and the progress of the deployment of its budget for preventative work with children and families. The NHS Devon Commissioning Lead and Director of Strategic Commissioning reported on the allocation of an additional 1.25m over a range of provider services covering palliative care, equipment, short breaks, ASD conditions, CAMHS, the Children Sexual Abuse Service and children s therapies and occupational services.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that an update report be submitted at the next meeting on 15 September 2010 relating to the Children Sexual Abuse Service.

*80 Children with Additional Needs: Respite Care

The Committee considered the joint report of NHS Devon and the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/65) on how investment in future services and new models of service delivery aimed to achieve early and sustainable improvement in services for children with additional needs who live in Exeter, East and Mid Devon. The report outlined the service improvements with a new specialist child assessment centre, improvement in the provision of residential short breaks and the staff transition process. A project board was developing the plans with Parent Carer Voice input. The Committee also received a letter from staff in one unit from Meadowpark expressing concerns about the future proposals and their impact on children. This letter had also been received by NHS Devon the previous day and a response was being prepared which would also be circulated to members. There was ongoing dialogue individually with carers/parents and staff and generally within planned group discussions.

The members highlighted the need for effective early communication about the proposals and to dispel any false perceptions.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that a progress report on the transition of services be submitted to the next meeting.

*81 Local Safeguarding Children Board: Annual Report

The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/56 - text only | pdf CY/10/56) on the outline of the draft annual report. The Safeguarding Children Board had assessed Devon s capacity to improve to be good and that the recommendations would be incorporated in the revised Children and Young People s Plan.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the final annual report be submitted to the next meeting.

*82 CYPS Management Structures

The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Children and Young People s Services (CY/10/55 - text only | pdf CY/10/55) on the current management structures within the CYPS Directorate and comparisons with other local authorities.

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that the report be referred to the Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee.

*83 Work Programme

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Executive (CX/10/59 - text onlyCX/10/59).

It was MOVED by Councillor Newcombe, SECONDED by Councillor Colthorpe and

RESOLVED that Councillor Colthorpe be appointed to the Early Years Task Group.

*84 Cabinet Forward Plan

The Committee received Forward Plan. The latest Forward Plan was also available on the County Council s web site at:

http://www.devon.gov.uk/forward_plan_of_key_decisions_guidance.doc

*DENOTES DELEGATED MATTERS WITH POWER TO ACT

(Note: During an adjournment the Committee received an informal private presentation on a demonstration of the improved Care First/TRIM integrated electronic social care record system)

The meeting started at 10: 00 am and finished at 3. 40 pm

The Minutes of the Committee are published on the County Council s Website at: :

Date Published: Mon Jul 12 2010