Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee special Select Committee 12th March 2015

On Thursday 12th March 2015, the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be holding a special Select Committee meeting focusing on Child Sexual Exploitation.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider how the Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) and other key partners have responded to the recommendations outlined in the Professor Jay Report (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham (1997 – 2013).

The Select Committee shall also seek to assure itself that effective partnership working around CSE is taking place and that the children and young people of Warwickshire are being adequately protected from CSE.

Representatives from the WSCB, the Police, the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the NHS and the County Council will be informing the Select Committee on how they work both independently and collectively on the Board to tackle the issue of CSE within Warwickshire.

The safeguarding of all children remains a top priority for the Council and partner agencies alike – this Select Committee shall serve to assure members what is currently being done, what can additionally be done and what proactive steps are being taken to protect children from CSE.

The meeting, open for members of the public to attend, will run from 10.00-14.00 and will be held in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick.

A link to the agenda and papers being considered at the meeting can be found here.

If you wish to come along to observe the meeting then please contact Ben Patel-Sadler on 01926 736 118 or e-mail benpatelsadler@warwickshire.gov.uk

Children’s Centre Report to Cabinet

Report of the Children’s Centres Select Committee

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The Children’s Centres Select Committee will be reporting it’s findings and recommendations to Cabinet on 12 September 2013.

The Select Committee was set up in response to the proposed changes to Children’s Centres across the county, which were subject to an open consultation exercise which closed on 27th August 2013.

The  Committee met on 14th August to undertake a focused, in-depth analysis of the proposals in the consultation document and examine the possible implications on parents and children. Part of this included a full morning question and answer session, during which over 50 Centre managers, staff and parents presented their views to the Committee. These included emotional case studies and personal experiences, which emphasised the value of Children’s Centres in providing individual support to families in a safe environment, building parents’ confidence and assisting with the early identification of issues, such as a child’s behaviour or health. The Committee also considered evidence from health partners which focused on the  importance of an integrated universal service with the Health Visiting scheme.

Response to Early Years Children’s Centre Consultation

A copy of the Committee’s response to the consultation and nine recommendations, which will be presented to Cabinet on 12th September, can be found here: Select Committee Report

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