Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Contact: Clare Chapman  Email: clare.chapman@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bird and Drury, and Pauline Sheath. 

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 34 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.

Additional documents:

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 71 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2017.

 

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 19 January 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Cabinet Member Priorities 2016-17 Progress Report pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To inform the Panel of progress in relation to the Cabinet Member’s

priorities for 2016-17

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

 

In response to a question from the Panel, the Senior Assistant Director confirmed that the Pause pilot had worked well and Greenwich’s contribution had received positive media coverage.  He explained that the service had been developed to engage with women who had had one child removed.  The outcome was that it transformed their lives by helping them change their lifestyle, offering an opportunity to break the cycle of poor parenting and intervention.  The Chair requested a detailed report on the Pause Programme be presented as part of the Prevention and Diverting Children from Care Review.

                                      Action: Directorate of Children’s Services

 

The Cabinet member confirmed that a working party had been established to agree a “Greenwich Standard” in relation to the Trading Company that Cabinet would be taking a decision on in April.  The Trading Company would be managed by a Board who would make recommendations in terms of the Greenwich Standard.  These recommendations had been drawn up by the working party and Officers were finalising documents.  Members requested more information on the Trading Company and it was agreed that the Cabinet report would be circulated to Members once published.

                                      Action: Directorate of Children’s Services

 

The Panel enquired as to the number of nurseries that were unable to afford the provision of 30 hours childcare for eligible four year olds from September 2017.  The Assistant Director confirmed that in terms of revenue, nurseries could afford this for the next academic year but beyond this was not clear.  Children’s Services were currently examining this with colleagues in Finance and would also be working with childcare providers to enable them to deliver places.  The current estimations were to assist Children’s Services in their planning.  The Assistant Director confirmed that the eligibility checker would go live in the summer.

 

In response to a question from the Panel, the Assistant Director would confirm the numbers and percentage of children being offered one of their six Secondary School choices in 2017. 

                                      Action: Directorate of Children’s Services

 

Members were aware of recent Ofsted Inspections and requested a briefing paper on the outcome of visits be circulated to the Panel.  This was deemed a good news story.

                                      Action: Directorate of Children’s Services

 

It was noted that the number of children coming into care had reduced to the lowest it had been in Greenwich for the last 14 years and the Chair congratulated Officers on this achievement. 

 

Resolved –

 

That the panel noted progress in relation to the Cabinet Member’s priorities for 2017-17. 

 

 

6.

Children and Young People Plan Performance Monitor 2016-17 Quarter Three pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To scrutinise the performance of the partnership of services for children at the end of the third quarter in 2016/17.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Assistant Director for Commissioning and Resources. 

 

With regard to measure 1.3.08 in the Performance Monitor report at Appendix I, the Assistant Director for Commissioning and Resources advised that meeting the target for vaccination coverage was challenging in London due to increased mobility.  Members requested more detail about the difference in take-up of one and two doses of the MMR vaccine as well as the ‘herd immunity’ percentage.

                                      Action: Directorate of Children’s Services

 

In response to a question from the Panel regarding 3.3.2 of the report, the Senior Assistant Director confirmed that Children’s Services were working with the Police to gather intelligence-led data which was being used to deliver interventions to prevent youth offending.  Children’s Services were also looking at the nature of offences and carrying out restorative work with families.  The restorative work had been funded by Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). 

 

Resolved –

 

That the performance of the partnership of services for children at the end of the third quarter in 2016/17 be scrutinised and noted.   

 

 

 

7.

Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel on 18 April 2017 as outlined in the body of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel raised the issue of children who were unable to study at home due to over-crowding. It was recommended that Woolwich library be opened on Sundays to allow children to use this facility for study.  It was agreed that it was necessary to think beyond the space available in schools. 

 

Resolved –

 

That the work items scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel on 18 April 2017, as outlined in the body of the report, be noted.