Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Note: Moved from 07 March 

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.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2018 .

 

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 17 January 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Participation Service - Performance Reporting pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To receive a presentation from young people engaged in participation activities and an update on the performance of the children and young people’s Participation Service delivered by The Participation People Limited.

 

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Minutes:

The item was introduced by the Senior Participation Officer who invited current and former members of the Greenwich Young Peoples Council (GYPC) to present to the panel.

 

The current and former GYPC members  showed a video explaining the role of youth councillors, the skills they gained and their achievements in  the past year including: contributing to decision of the UK Youth Parliament, advising on local policies, supporting summer initiatives and holding a “unite and inspire” conference to teach young people about discrimination and how it can be tackled. They confirmed that the video was created to support future GYPC Members.

 

The current and former GYPC members stated they were not just a voice for young people but played a role as influencers in the local community working on priority areas with Greenwich Council. They added that the membership of the GYPC were from a diverse background and aim to change the Borough for the better.

 

As part of their Residential in February 2018 and School Council Conference, The current and former GYPC members confirmed they worked on team building, skills development and future planning developing  priority areas which were; Mental health, Street Safety and Curriculumn for life. They also aimed to reach out to new people, take part in more consultation locally and request councillor assistance with projects.

 

The Chair thanked the former and current members of the GYPC for their presentation and commented on their maturity and confidence.

In terms of participation, the GYPC current and former members confirmed that they receive volunteers from schools and youth clubs and invitations are sent to other youth organisations. They added that schools were invited to take part in the GYPC as part of the Schools Conference.

 

In response to a question, the Assistant Director Commissioning and Resources (Children’s Services) confirmed that youth is £15,000 a year which is shared by the GYPC and the Greenwich Children in Care Council (CiCC).  She added that the fund was managed by the organisation Participation People who also bid for funding with the agreement of the Council.

 

The Director of Children’s Services confirmed that members of the GYPC were on the interview panel for the appointment of the Assistant director Safeguarding and Social Care. She added that Members of the GYPC were also invited to a work day within different directorates of the Council to better understand the day to day work of local government, this also provided them with valuable work experience.

 

The former and current members of the GYPC highlighted the Anti Discrimation Conference they held as a way of bringing young people together. They added they had a number of contact points online including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and a page on the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s website with contact information.

 

In response to a question, the former and current members of the GYPC stated that they wanted career advice and life skills lessons and information on where to access relevant information.

 

The Panel noted there were a number of skills  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

School Admissions Annual Report pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To note the annual report by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the Schools Adjudicator about admission arrangements.

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Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Director of Children Services who confirmed there was a small percentage of children in the Borough who were not offered a school place or were offered their last preference. She explained the reasons were that some parents only put down one preference instead of the 3 or more they were advised to when completing the form, some forms were submitted late, parents were not indicating a preference for their nearest schools and  there was increased competition from children outside the Borough. She stated there was information and support available on the admissions process however it was the responsibility of the parents to complete the forms correctly.

 

The Assistant Director Commissioning and Resources confirmed that the Boroughs Secondary Schools were predominantly full and there were plans to open up new schools with adjustments currently taking place in Mary Magdalene CE School and the opening of Liegh Academy School.

 

In response to a question, the Assistant Director confirmed that Corelli College had 8 forms of entry and still had vacancy’s. she added that the more popular a school was the less likely there would be vacancy.

With regards to tests for banding, the assistant director confirmed that the Authority had removed banding in response to the finding of the Schools Adjudicator that they were not fair enough. She added Correlli College, as part of the Leigh Academy Trust, continued their test for banding however not many children took these tests.

 

In response to a question on the 2018 figures for admissions, the Director of Children’s Services confirmed that the process was not complete and some children had not been offered places. She explained that this was a result of more than a 100 children being offered 2 places due to the separate admissions policy for Leigh Academy Blackheath. she added the aim was to communicate with parents to speed up the process. She continued that the situation was likely to be the same next year with the opening of Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls there was discussion with the Department for Education to limit the impact.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Cabinet Member's Priorities pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To receive an update from the Cabinet Member on action and progress against priorities.

 

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Minutes:

The report was introduced and summarised by the Director of Children Services.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.

 

 

 

 

8.

Quarter 3 Performance Reporting - Children & Young People pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Information on the performance, in the third quarter of the 2017/18 reporting year, against the key measures covering the four fundamentals underpinning the Children and Young People Plan (CYPP).

 

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Minutes:

The report was introduced and summarised by the Assistant Director Resources and Commissioning who, in response to a question, confirmed there had been a reduction in the proportion children reporting improvement when completing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services level 2 routine outcome measures. She added that the number of people completing the lower level emotional health and well-being needs programme was lower than last year and being looked at with the provider. She add that the contract would end in March 2018 where we there will be a chance to review other suppliers.

 

The Chair thanked the Officers for their contributions to the panel the past 4 years and felt there had been increased engagement from young people receiving the services.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.