Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Jagir Sekhon, Mandy Brinkhurst and Adam Thomas.


Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.


There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Resolved –


That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2014.


No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.


Resolved -


That the minutes of the meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel held on 28 January 2014 are confirmed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Cabinet Member's priorities 2013-14 pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To receive a report on the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services’s priorities for 2013-14

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The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services. 


In response to questions from the Panel, the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services replied that the contract of CACT, and the outcomes of its service, was monitored rigorously; CACT robustly monitored its sub-contractors. The Cabinet Member clarified that not all early leaning places for disadvantaged 2 year olds were taken up, there was no obligation on parents to make use of them. The Cabinet Member explained that a number of measures to improve A-Level performance were being undertaken. There were discussions with advice services to ensure students were directed to suitable courses, and with post-16 providers to give consideration to suitable provision. It was recognised that a problem had been some providers had enrolled people without a realistic assessment of their suitability which then led to a high drop-out or failure rate.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services would ascertain for Members the time period for inspecting Children’s Centres.


Resolved –


That the report be noted.


CYPP Quarterly Performance Monitor 2013/14 Q3: Health and Wellbeing Outcomes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To review the Children and Young People Plan performance monitor for 2013-14 Quarter 3.


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The report was introduced by the Head of Joint Commissioning.


In response to questions from the Panel, the Head of Joint Commissioning replied that efforts to tackle childhood obesity began at pregnancy because if the mother was overweight then the likelihood was that the child would become so as well, so sessions were held with pregnant mothers to ensure they ate healthily. Work was undertaken not just with schools and children’s centres but also with local business to tackle the causes of obesity. She indicated that possible reasons for the decrease in women accessing maternity services early were that the women had arrived in the country late, or that the mother had not realised she was pregnant.


Members queried why there was full coverage of Hepatitis B immunisation at 24 months (performance measure 1.3.07)

Action: Public Services


In response to questions from the Panel, the Senior Assistant Director, Children's Services, replied that data was not available for all performance measures each quarter or produced at a time Members might expect to see it. The data is collected and reported on by a number of different health bodies including NHS England. Local health commissioners and providers have worked with local authority colleagues to make sure the local position is understood where there is no current validated data. The Senior Assistant Director noted that a correlation between neonatal deaths and late booking in and access to maternity services had been noted in the past by the panel that reviews all child deaths. In relation to a question about confidentiality for young people under 16 seeking advice and services around sexual health and pregnancy, he explained that there were strict guidelines which stated that if a young person requested that their parents not be contacted then the health professional was under no obligation to tell those parents.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services commented that as part of addressing obesity the Council worked with fast food providers to achieve healthier eating, for example, on changing the type of fat they used for cooking.  The Cabinet Member clarified that it was the responsibility of each school to buy in school meals and to monitor what they got.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services drew Members’ attention to Charlton Manor Primary School which had its own garden, and an agreement with Woodlands Farm Trust, so that food could be grown and then cooked in the schools new kitchen which recently had been opened by Chef Raymond Blanc.


Resolved –


1.            That the Children and Young People Plan (CYPP) performance monitor for 2013-14 Quarter 3 be noted


2.       That it be noted that NHS England are now responsible for some of the health indicators and the action for ensuring that data will be shared with local commissioners.