Children's Services Update
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: No
Edwina Grant OBE, Executive Director of Education and Children's Services was welcomed to her first meeting as a member of the Board to present the following reports:
Children's Services Getting to Good Plan
The Ofsted re-inspection of Children's Services in June 2018 noted significant improvements, with an overall effectiveness judgement of requires improvement to be good and good for our adoption service. However, there is still more to do to ensure that all children receive a consistently good service. The Lancashire Getting to Good Plan sets out the actions required to address the 11 recommendations in the report, further improving the quality of practice and outcomes for children.
There was a new Governance Section within the plan which includes the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, Corporate Parenting Board, Children's Services Scrutiny and Education Scrutiny and each of these Boards/Committees will scrutinise areas relevant to them and be guided on this by Edwina.
Following on from a previous meeting in September 2018, the Board were still awaiting the outcomes on the key issues from the Lancashire Safeguarding Boards Annual Report 2017/18 and what the Adults and Childrens Boards were doing regarding those issues. Jane Booth confirmed that this would be presented at the next meeting in March 2019.
Resolved: That the Health and Wellbeing Board noted the Lancashire Getting to Good Plan and considered how the Board could contribute to the achievement of outcomes in the plan.
Lancashire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Partnership – Update on the Implementation of the Written Statement of Action
Since the report to the last Health and Wellbeing Board meeting in November 2018, work had continued to progress the actions set out in the written statement of action.
This was the fourth update to the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Resolved: That the Health and Wellbeing Board:
(i) Noted the progress of delivery on the written statement of action;
(ii) Will receive an update on the Improvement Plan and progress at the March 2019 Board meeting;
(iii) Noted the changes to the external monitoring process in 2019 as described in paragraph 3 of the report.
Report author: Helen Makinson
Date of decision: 29/01/2019
Decided at meeting: 29/01/2019 - Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board