Agenda and decisions

Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 6 September 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield. View directions

Contact: Damien Buckley (Tel: 0116 3050183)  Email: damien.buckley@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2022. pdf icon PDF 163 KB

2.

Question Time. pdf icon PDF 262 KB

3.

Questions asked by members under Standing Order 7(3) and 7(5).

4.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

5.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

6.

Declarations of the Party Whip in accordance with Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rule 16.

7.

Presentation of Petitions under Standing Order 36.

8.

SEND and Inclusion. pdf icon PDF 185 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

a)    That the update on planned activity and progress being made around SEND and Inclusion alongside ongoing financial challenges and increased demand in the SEND system be noted.

 

b)    That the Director of Children and Family Services be requested to provide Members of the Committee with a further update on the number of outstanding assessments for EHC Plans for those children who had transitioned to junior or secondary school in September 2022.

 

c)    That it be noted that regular reports would be presented to future meetings of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee to provide a more detailed update on the Transforming SEND and Inclusion in Leicestershire programme and to update on progress against workstreams.

 

9.

Closure Report - Defining Children and Family Services for the Future. pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the overview of the outcomes and benefits of the Defining Children and Family Services for the Future (DCFSF) programme and the recommendation to close the first phase of the DCFSF programme be noted.

 

10.

Quarter 1 2022/23 Performance Report. pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

a)    That the update on the Children and Family Services Department’s performance for the period to June 2022 (Quarter 1) be noted.

 

b)    That the Director of Children and Family Services be requested to provide Members of the Committee with details of the number of Child Protection cases reviewed within timescales between October 2021 and August 2022.

 

c)    That it be noted that an overview report would be presented at a future meeting of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the development of the Family Hubs model.

 

d)    That it be noted that a report would be presented at a future meeting of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the number of Electively Home Educated children and an overview of the Department’s strategy for supporting families with this decision.

 

11.

Annual Report of the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children's Partnership. pdf icon PDF 397 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

a)    That the draft annual report assessing the impact of the work undertaken in 2021/22 on safeguarding outcomes for children in Leicestershire and Rutland be noted.

 

b)    That Members of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee be requested to submit their views on the draft annual report to the Director of Children and Family Services and the Cabinet Lead Member for Children and Families no later than 20 September 2022.

 

12.

Date of next meeting.

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place on 8 November 2022.

13.

Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent.