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:

There were no apologies for absence.

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.

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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.

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Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 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 October 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Universal Youth Service Contracts - Performance Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To note the performance of the Universal Youth contract.

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Minutes:

The Panel was addressed by the Head of Joint Commissioning who introduced and summarised the report. He confirmed that the Universal Youth Service Contract was one component of wider youth support services delivered by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and other commissioned partners. He provided updates on the year round provision with Charlton Athletic Community Trust(CACT) and Futureversity highlighting the desired outcomes described in paragraph 3.4 of the report. He stated that the contracts helped contribute to the Fairness Commission employment recommendation 1 and the fairer policy recommendation 2.

 

The head of Joint Commissioning confirmed that the contracts were quality assured via quarterly meetings, quarterly reports on the performance indicators and site visits carried out by youth commissioners as well as Officers. He stated that the Year Round Provision (CACT) was performing well against the service specification and had brought in additional income. He added there were improvements in outcome monitoring and engagement in key areas such Looked After Children.

 

The Panel was addressed by the representatives from Charlton Athletic Community Trust who confirmed that the model for the universal youth contracts had been designed in partnership with the Greenwich Commissioning team and the curriculum was based around outcome.

 

In terms of engagement and partnerships, the CACT representatives stated that a wide range of their sessions were co-produced with the aim of building trust and promoting positive behaviours.  They confirmed they had strong partnerships with other organisations including the Greenwich Young Peoples Council, who ran sessions at the CACT hubs, The Point who assist with early help assessments & the Targeted Youth Service. They added that the Rob Knox Foundation also hold knife crime awareness session at the CACT hubs.

 

The CACT representatives confirmed the staffing profile of the service represented the local community with 4 members of staff having come through the youth service themselves. They added the gender balance targets had been reached and highlighted the increase in the number of young volunteering within the youth service.

 

With regards to measuring the outcomes of the service, the CACT representatives confirmed they submit quarterly reports and had regular meetings where they identify areas of improvement. They also used the social return on investment model, which was a powerful tool that is supported by the government, showing a net benefit of almost £6million.

The CACT representatives presented the panel with a case study of a young person who had used the services provided under the Universal Youth Contract. They stated the young person had a challenging family background and left school with no qualifications but then had positive engagement with the youth hubs. The young person is currently studying for a health and social qualification and works part time at the same youth hubs they attended by playing a key role in increasing female engagement.

 

In terms of future developments the CACT representative confirmed they were looking at ways to increase the representation of care leavers and sustain female participation. they added that the development of the Young Greenwich Application and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Elective Home Education pdf icon PDF 398 KB

To note the report on Elective Home Education: September 2016 – August 2017

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Senior Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning & Achievement who advised that education in England was compulsory however parents had the right educate their children at home and not schools. She stated the definitions for efficient and suitable education were vague and although Local Authorities had a statutory duty to monitor the quality of home education, parents had a right to not engage with them.

 

The Senior Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning & Achievement introduced the  Elective Home Education Officer who was tasked with carrying out safeguarding checks, going on home visits and forging partnerships so parents worked with the Authority. She added there was an increasing number of Electively Home Educated children in the Borough, which was similar to the national trend. She advised the panel of the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill which was introduced to tighten the procedures and ensure that parents registered their children when home schooling, adding that a high proportion of home educated children move back into schools.

 

In response to a question on Off-Rolling, The Senior AD Inclusion, Learning & Achievement explained that when a school received a request from parents for EHE, the local authority were notified and the case was reviewed, if this was accepted then the child was removed from the school roll and entered onto the EHE database where they would be continually monitored. She stated that the attendance process began when a child stopped attending school, ensuring that the child was monitored and tracked, if the child was missing at this stage they were referred to the Children Missing Education officer.

 

The Senior AD Inclusion, Learning & Achievement stated that as of September 2016 all schools had a statuary duty to inform the Local Authority when a child was being off-rolled, this allowed the EHE officer to challenge cases where there may have been pressure on parents to Off-roll troubled pupils. The EHE officer stated there were robust procedures in place to ensure that Off-rolling was monitored and challenged when required, this included Academies and Free Schools. She added the admissions team share information on parents waiting for their preferred choice of school and Electively Home Schooling.

 

In response to a question on the standards of home schooling, the EHE officer stated that it varied depending on the individual circumstances as some parents chose to home school due to religion/philosophical beliefs whilst others were a result of attendance issues and not getting the choice of school. She added that instances of poor EHE were referred to Fair Access Panels.

 

The EHE officer stated that as of August 2017 there were 45,500 children registered home schooled which was the equivalent of 49 Secondary schools.

 

The Panel stated that some of the reasons for the increase in home schooling included poverty, religion and schools becoming more independents. They added there were reports on incidents of abuse and agreed with the parliamentary legislation being looked at.

 

In response to a question, the AD Inclusion, Learning & Achievement confirmed there was engagement  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Children Missing Education pdf icon PDF 390 KB

To note the annual report on Children Missing Education.

Minutes:

The report was introduced and summarised by the AD Inclusions, Learning & Achievement who stated that the information interrelated with item 6 and that Children Missing from Education were as vulnerable, if not more, than Electively Home Educated children. She advised that the CME legislation had changed in 2016 and stated that schools had a duty to notify Local Authorities and jointly make reasonable enquiries to establish the whereabouts of the child. They were also required to notify the Authority, within 5 days, when they add a new pupil to the admissions register, this allowed the CME Officer to cross reference against CME register.

 

The AD Inclusions, Learning & Achievement highlighted the groups of young people who were at risk of becoming CME and stated there was a close working relationship with Children’s Social Care to combine data on children, enabling a robust tracking process. She listed the partner agencies and confirmed there were 118 active CME cases at the end of the academic year 2016-17. She added that the authorities CME service was commended on its good practices by Ofsted and there was continued work leading to improvements.

 

In response to a question on the use of the interpretation service, the CME Officer confirmed that when English was a second language, the service was used in letters and visits to relay the seriousness of CME. She stated that Romanian was the main language used.

 

The Panel noted the 34 Children in the Borough that could not be

traced and subsequently placed on the national missing children’s list and requested that future reports contain the number of children placed on the database each year to see if there were any trends.

Action: DCS

 

In response to a question, the AD Inclusion, Learning & Achievement state that the figures for the Gypsy Roma children were based on the referrals received and fluctuated year on year. She added the increase numbers could be a result of a project in August 2017 that resulted in more engagement.

 

In response to a question on the profile of CME children referred, the Senior Attendance Advisory Officer stated that admissions were unable to ask for ethnicity data therefore the information was gathered in schools which could be the reason for the high number of number “unknowns”. She added that collecting ethnicity data of CME children was priority moving forward and advised the panel of the new improved referral form which was returned to the schools if not completed properly.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted

 

 

8.

Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To note the work items scheduled for the next meeting of Panel

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Minutes:

The Chair advised the Panel of the meeting on the 06 February and confirmed that the Regional School Commisioner and Staff from St Thomas Moore would be in attendance.

 

The Panel noted that the meeting of the Panel in April was during Purdah and requested it be rescheduled.

Action: CO