Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillors Offord and Elliott.

 

Council G. Parker apologised for having to leave the meeting early.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 49 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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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 1st April 2015.

 

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.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel held on 1 April 2015 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Children and Young People Plan Performance Monitor 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Members to scrutinise performance of the partnership of services for children at the end of 2014/15, and the priorities for improvement in 2015/16.

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Minutes:

The Assistant Director for Commissioning and Resources presented the report.  In considering the report the Panel chose to consider the report in line with the key aspects highlighted.

 

In respect of children’s education the Panel asked for details of the number of children who do not receive their first preference broken down between primary and secondary schools as well as by geographic areas, so as to be able to identify any areas of concern.

Action: DCS (AD C&R)

 

The Assistant Director assured the Panel that over 90% of children receive an offer of an expressed preference school and the high level of redevelopment was increasing the level of demand with fewer first and second preferences being offered.  She continued that there was additional pressure, in some cases, from the number of non-borough residents who live closer to schools than our residents.

 

In respect of children’s health, the Assistant Director confirmed that Greenwich was not doing as well as the London average in relation to women who smoke during pregnancy, hearing tests for babies, antenatal sickle cell and thalassemia screening and emergency hospital admissions for children with lower respiratory tract infections. The actions taken to improve performance were noted. 

 

The Associate Director of Commissioning (Non Acute Services & Partnerships) Greenwich CCG confirmed that the contract for the Urgent Care/Out-of-Hours GP services, based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, had just been awarded.  He continued that local GPs were more responsive to requests for children’s appointments but there were still a significant number of parents who presented their children to A&E.

 

Members raised concern that there still appeared to be problems of co-ordinating hospital appointments for parents of children with disabilities or more than two children and it was not uncommon to have different appointments for different children on different days, regardless of the purpose of the appointment.

 

The Associate Director of Commissioning, Greenwich CCG, responded that it was sometimes difficult to co-ordinate visits for different needs and in different departments.  He continued that there was the ‘Choose and Book’ system as an option but it also required the carer or parent to make the department’s aware, otherwise they will not be aware of the need to try to co-ordinate appointments.

 

Members were concerned that the screening of young babies up to the age of 1 and vaccination coverage was not as good as it could be and questioned whether the multiple appointments necessary were putting some parents off.

 

The Associate Director of Commissioning, Greenwich CCG, reported that audiology and screening was now carried out at Guy’s Hospitalrather than St Georges in SW London.  He continued thatthere was also provision in Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham as well as a number of local clinics but Guy’s Hospital was the specialist service for younger babies.

 

The Associate Director of Commissioning, Greenwich CCG said that the concern raised by Members about the number of appointments required was a good point and that he would flag up Members concern and ensure monitoring  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

2015/16 Work Programme Schedule pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Members to agree that attached schedule for the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel (C&YP SP) work programme for 2015/16.

Members to agree to continue the in-depth scrutiny review of the SEND Reforms.
Members to agree to undertake a joint scrutiny review of the Impact of Obesity with the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel.

 

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Minutes:

Members requested that further information be brought before the Panel in respect of re-commissioning of the CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

 

The Senior Assistant Director Children's Safeguarding & Social Care confirmed that the service had recently been re-commissioned by Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group and Children’s Services.  Further, that a Cabinet Member Report to a future meeting of the Panel would provide information about the newly commissioned service.

Action: DCS

 

In response to Members request for an update on work being carried out with schools by the Prevent Co-coordinator the Chair informed the Panel that this area of work formed part of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel work programme and that she was working with the Chair to agree the participation of Children and Young People Panel Members into discussions relating to this subject, when discussed by the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel.

Action: Councillor Barwick/Scrutiny

 

It was agreed by the Panel that the feedback from a Members’ visit to the Broadwalk Children’s Homes be presented to a future Corporate Parenting Panel Meeting.

Action: Scrutiny

 

The Chair accepted an address from a member of the public who was concerned that the Panel was only receiving annual reports on Place Planning and that it may be appropriate to consider this matter more frequently and look at the impact on adult learning.

 

The Chair confirmed that the Scrutiny Panel was monitoring the number of school places in relation to demand and could make recommendations but the Scrutiny Panel was not a decision making body and its prime concern was young people.  The Chair gave guidance on the appropriate bodies for the member of the public to address his concerns to.

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That  the schedule for the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel (C&YP SP) work programme for 2015/16 as set out in Appendix 1 of the report be agreed.

2.               That it be agreed that the Panel agree to continue the in-depth scrutiny review of the SEND Reforms as set out in the body of the report.

3.               That it be agreed that the Panel undertake a joint scrutiny review of the Impact of Obesity with the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel as set out in the project statement in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

 

7.

Commissioning Future Reports - Specification of Requirements pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Members to note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel on 9/09/2015 and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel on 8/10/2015 as outlined in the body of the report.

Members to specify detailed requirements to enhance the scope of forthcoming report on Outcome of Commissioning – Youth Services.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That work items scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel on 9/09/2015 and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel on 8/10/2015 as outlined in the body of the report be noted