Agenda and minutes

Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 13th September, 2022 10.30 am

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Venue: Committee Room 'C' - The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston. View directions

Contact: Hannah Race 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from County Councillors Jenny Purcell, Stewart Jones and John Potter.

 

In accordance with Procedural Standing Order D13 (1), the committee gave consent for County Councillor Matthew Salter, who attended as an observer, to speak during the meeting.

2.

Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 251 KB

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Minutes:

The committee considered a report which set out the membership, Chair and Deputy Chair, and the Terms of Reference of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the municipal year 2022-23.

 

Resolved: That the following be noted:

 

 i.  The appointment of County Councillor Andrea Kay as Chair and County Councillor Julia Berry as Deputy Chair of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee for the 2022-23 municipal year;

 

ii.  The membership of the committee, following the county council's Annual Meeting held 26 May 2022; and

 

iii.  The Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee Terms of Reference.

3.

Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the agenda.

Minutes:

None were disclosed.

 

4.

Minutes of the Education and Children's Services Scrutiny Committee Meeting Held on 17 May 2022 pdf icon PDF 321 KB

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the last Education and Children's Services Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 17 May 2022 be confirmed as an accurate record.

 

5.

Youth Provision in Lancashire pdf icon PDF 1001 KB

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Minutes:

The Chair welcomed County Councillor Cosima Towneley, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Julie Bell, Director of Education, Culture and Skills, and Kathy Ashworth, Head of the Children and Family Wellbeing Service to the meeting.

 

The committee considered a report and presentation on Youth Provision in Lancashire. Members' attention was drawn to the appendices to the report which provided information about youth services in their local areas and highlighted the council's wide provision and partnership working.

 

Questions and comments were raised by the committee as follows:

 

·  There was concern about a shortage of volunteers and the possible impact on safeguarding. It was highlighted that retention and recruitment was vital and the Children and Family Wellbeing Team were investing in workforce development and working in partnership with the voluntary sector. Youth workers within the voluntary sector were sometimes invited to attend county council training, alongside the local authority's youth staff.

 

·  The committee was informed that football clubs across the county had come together to provide additional youth provision, and worked with the council to address anti-social behaviour amongst young people. Members asked that further information on the success of these partnerships with sports clubs be shared after the meeting.

 

·  Youth provision by the VCFSE sector varied across Lancashire, in that some areas had a lot of voluntary and faith-based organisations compared to other areas. The county council's targeted youth support offer was designed to cover more than one area.

 

·  It was pointed out that the authority's detached youth teams worked in collaboration with the district councils and the police to identify anti-social behaviour hotspots. It was felt it would be helpful to work with local councillors as well. Members requested that the contact details of youth workers in each district be shared after the meeting.

 

·  Anti-social behaviour was one of the Police and Crime Commissioner's priorities. The Detached Youth Work Team had links with the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office, to enable a more strategic approach. The Children and Family Wellbeing Service was also working to address the root causes of anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

 

·  It was important to inform young people about youth provision in their local areas. It was suggested that Youth Council representatives could be ambassadors for their own areas and promote local youth services. It was noted that the county council could improve its promotion of youth services through social media.

 

·  The county council had a statutory duty to offer support for young people, focussed on their wellbeing, but it was for each authority to determine the sufficient level of youth provision locally. In Lancashire, there were longstanding and positive relationships between the council's statutory provision and the offer from the VCFSE sector.

 

·  In response to a query about the support available to help parents support young people, members were informed there was a wide offer in place for children, young people and their families, including the evidence-based Positive Parenting Programme ("triple P") which received positive feedback from parents of teenagers.

 

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6.

Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

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Minutes:

The committee considered its work programme for 2022/23.

 

Regarding requests for inclusion on the work programme, members were advised that they should complete the Overview and Scrutiny Committee In-Year Request Form. Completed forms would be presented to the Scrutiny Management Board's next meeting for the Board's consideration and approval.

 

It was noted that the committee was due to receive a report on Governor Services at its meeting in May 2023. In the meantime, the committee requested a briefing note on governor vacancies and highlighted that this information should be more accessible to councillors.

 

Resolved: That

 

 i.  The Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee Work Programme for 2022/23 be noted;

 

ii.  The process to add items to the work programme throughout the year be noted;

 

iii.  The process for progress relating to the committee's recommendations to be reported back to the committee as part of the work programme be noted; and

 

iv.  Officers be asked to prepare a briefing note on governor vacancies in Lancashire, to be shared with members of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee.

7.

Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the minutes, the chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency. Wherever possible, the chief executive should be given advance warning of any member's intention to raise a matter under this heading.

Minutes:

There were no items of Urgent Business.

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee will be held on Wednesday 26 October at 10.30 am in Committee Room C – The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee was due to take place on Wednesday 26 October 2022 at 10.30am, Committee Room C – The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston.