Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children's Services and Safeguarding)
Tuesday 10th November, 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Debbie Campbell,  Senior Democratic Services Officer

Media

Items
No. Item

8.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Father D. Seddon, Archdiocese Representative.

 

9.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested at a meeting where a disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest arises, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests, todeclare any interests that relate to an item on the agenda.

 

Where a Member discloses a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, he/she must withdraw from the meeting, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest, except where he/she is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of a dispensation.

 

Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.

 

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 9 of the Council’s Code of Conduct, the following declaration of personal interest was made, and the Member concerned remained in the meeting during the consideration of the item:

 

Member

Minute No.

Nature of Interest

 

 

 

Ms. M. McDermott

Minute No. 17 – Parent Governor Representative

She is affected by the outcome of the decision.

 

 

10.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2020, be confirmed as a correct record.

 

11.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Across Sefton - Update Report pdf icon PDF 816 KB

Report of the Children and Young People Commissioning Manager, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group.

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 27 of 12 November 2019, the Committee considered the report of the Children and Young People Commissioning Manager, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. The report provided an update on CCG commissioned provision of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), focussing on the response and performance of Sefton’s mental health services, specifically in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges this presented. The report also highlighted new services and initiatives which were contributing to improvements in the mental health offer for the children and young people of Sefton, together with developments.

 

The report set out details of the following:

 

·       CCG Commissioned Services 2020/21

·       Mental health system-wide response to Covid-19

·       CAMHS performance – including an overview of performance pre and post Covid-19

·       Impact of Covid-19 on demand for mental health services

·       Eating Disorder Service

·       24/7 Crisis Care Service

·       Service activity

·       Mental Health Support Teams

·       Access targets

·       Future developments

 

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer for NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG; Peter Wong, Children and Young People Commissioning Lead, South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG; Lisa Cooper, Director of Community and Mental Health Services, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust; and Vicky Killen, CAMHS Clinical Lead, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, were in attendance to present the report to the Committee; to highlight aspects of it; and to respond to questions put by Members of the Committee.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised issues on the following:

 

·       The impact of Covid-19 on services and waiting times.

·       Any additional funding provided for services. Information would be obtained and shared with Members of the Committee.

·       Monitoring of the services offered by the Mental Health Support Teams for schools and colleges.

·       The age range able to access the online counselling platform.

·       The availability of the freephone telephone number for crisis care services.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)      the update report on Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services be noted; and

 

(2)      the Chief Officer of the Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups be requested to provide information on any additional funding available for services to the Senior Democratic Services Officer, for circulation to Members of the Committee.

 

12.

Children and Young People’s Plan Progress Update. pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 30 of 12 November 2019, the Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education presenting the final version of the Children and Young People’s Plan, 2020 – 2025.

 

The final draft of the Plan was received at the meeting in November 2019 and the Plan went on to gain Cabinet approval in January 2020 and was adopted as the Children and Young People’s Plan for Sefton with effect from 1 March 2020. The report presented a Delivery Plan to accompany the document and to support the communication of the Plan’s key priorities. The report also provided an overview of a recent review of the “Heard” priority of the Plan at the Children’s Partnership Board. The report set out information on the Delivery Plan; communication of priorities; and the “Heard” priority in that children and young people would always be central to decisions made about them and their journeys would be shaped by their voice.

 

Copies of the final published version of the Children and Young People’s Plan; the Delivery Plan; and an example of a Children’s Service Dashboard were attached to the report.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised issues on the following:

 

·       Concerns held regarding the data contained within the Dashboard attached to the report. Investigations would be held to determine whether Covd-19 has affected the data and the results would be circulated to Members of the Committee. In the event that the data is accurate, consideration could be given to holding an informal workshop session to explain the detail to Members of the Committee.

·       Improvements made regarding the backlog for Education, Health and Care Plans.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)      the contents of the report be noted; and

 

(2)      the Integrated Social Care and Health Manager be requested to investigate whether Covid-19 has affected the data contained within the Dashboard attached to the report and provide the results to the Senior Democratic Services Officer for circulation to Members of the Committee. In the event that the data is accurate, consideration be given to holding an informal workshop session to explain the detail to Members of the Committee.

 

13.

Children’s Social Care Annual Report 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education.

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 18 of 24 September 2019, the Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education setting out a summary of the progress in relation to the Children’s Social Care Improvement Plan and activity for the year end 2019/2020.

 

The Improvement Plan had identified three key objectives, as follows:

 

1. Ensure frontline practice is consistently good, effective and focussed on timely, measurable outcomes for children.

2. To improve management oversight at all levels to ensure effective services for children and young people receive good quality supervision.

3. Ensure that frontline services are sufficiently resourced and the workforce appropriately skilled to enable high quality work to be undertaken with children and young people.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised issues on the following:

 

·       In the past the Improvement Plan had been presented as a table and this was useful in demonstrating key issues, targets, etc.

·       The impact of Covd-19 in identifying suitable placements for children and young people.

·       The importance of recognising the voice of the child.

·       The commissioning of a time limited service to manage children in need cases.

·       Progress made since the last full Ofsted inspection and the likelihood of an inspection in 2021.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted and bi-annual reports in relation to the progress of the Children’s Social Care Continuous Improvement Plan be continued to be received by the Committee.

 

14.

Centre for Public Scrutiny - 10 Questions to ask if you are Scrutinising Climate Change pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer providing information contained within a document produced by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) entitled “10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change”. The report set out the contents of the document, together with the 10 questions posed, indicating that the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board had requested the CfPS document to be circulated to all Overview and Scrutiny Committee Members for information.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Centre for Public Scrutiny document entitled “10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change”, be noted.

 

15.

Climate Emergency Progress Report

To receive a presentation from Stephanie Jukes,Section Manager Energy and Environmental Management, Corporate Resources; and Julia Thorpe, Project Officer – Climate and Environment Officer.

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 52 of 17 March 2020, the Committee received a presentation from Stephanie Jukes, the Section Manager Energy and Environmental Management, Corporate Resources; and Julia Thorpe, Project Officer – Climate and Environment, reporting on Climate Emergency progress by the Council. The presentation outlined the following:

 

·       Purpose of the presentation

·       Background – Climate Emergency

·       Carbon footprint for Sefton

·       Strategy and Implementation Plan

·       Implementation Plan - Phase 1

·       Covid-19

·       Green Recovery

·       How will progress be monitored?

·       Communications Plan

·       Climate Assembly UK

·       Summary and next steps

·       Contact details

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised matters on the following issues:

 

·       The projected timescale to achieve carbon-neutral status.

·       The cost of alternative transport.

·       Progress with the Sefton Clean Air Zone and heavy goods vehicles accessing the docks. An update could be obtained and forwarded to Members of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)      the presentation be noted;

 

(2)      Stephanie Jukes and Julia Thorpe be thanked for their informative presentation; and

 

(3)      the Section Manager, Energy and Environmental Management, be requested to provide an update on progress with the Sefton Clean Air Zone and heavy goods vehicles accessing the docks to the Senior Democratic Services Officer, for circulation to Members of the Committee.

 

16.

Draft Executive/Scrutiny Protocol pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 27 (3) of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 30 July 2020, the Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer presenting a draft Executive/Scrutiny Protocol to the Committee for consideration and comment. The development of an Executive/Scrutiny Protocol aimed to improve the quality of relationships between Cabinet and Scrutiny Members; clarify respective roles; and contribute towards more effective scrutiny in Sefton. The draft Protocol was attached to the report.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the draft Executive/Scrutiny Protocol, as attached to the report, be endorsed and submitted to the Cabinet for approval, in due course.

 

17.

Parent Governor Representative pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer indicating that the term of office for one of the current Parent Governor Representatives on the Committee was due to expire in November 2020. The report sought to formally agree extending the term of office of the Parent Governor Representative concerned.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the term of office for the Parent Governor Representative concerned be extended for a period of no more than two years, up to November 2022.

 

18.

Work Programme Key Decision Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer seeking the views of the Committee on the Work Programme for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2020/21; reporting on progress of the Persistent Pupil Absence Working Group; consideration of the potential selection of a new topic for a further Working Group review, following the completion of the current Persistent Pupil Absence Working Group; identification of any items for pre-scrutiny by the Committee from the latest Key Decision Forward Plan; and receipt of an update on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Work Programme for 2020/21 was set out at Appendix A to the report, to be considered along with any additional items to be included and agreed, and the Terms of Reference for the Committee were set out at Appendix B to the report.

 

The report set out progress to date made by the Persistent Pupil Absence Working Group. Further to Minute No. 7 (3) of 22 September 2020, the Committee was requested to consider a new topic for a review, to commence following the completion of the Working Group. A criteria checklist for selecting and rejecting potential topics for review was attached to the report at Appendix C.

 

There were two Key Decisions within the latest Key Decision Forward Plan, attached to the report at Appendix D, that fell under the Committee’s remit, and the Committee was invited to consider items for pre-scrutiny.

 

The report set out an update on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Further to Minute No. 16 (2) of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board of 10 November 2020, the Chair reported that Members of the Committee would be invited to serve on the Housing Support Services to Vulnerable People Working Group, established by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills), and a copy of the draft Scoping Document would be circulated to Members to aid them in their deliberations on this matter.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)      the Work Programme for 2020/21, as set out in Appendix A to the report, be agreed;

 

(2)      the progress of the Persistent Pupil Absence Working Group be noted;

 

(3)      in the event that Members of the Committee agree to serve on the Housing Support Services to Vulnerable People Working Group, established by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills), updates on the progress of the Working Group be included in future Work Programme reports for this Committee;

 

(4)      the contents of the Key Decision Forward Plan for the period 1 December 2020 – 31 March 2021, be noted; and

 

(5)      the update on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted.