Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee 12th January 2016

The next meeting of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee will retain its focus on a shorter agenda, looking in greater detail at the following topics:

Update on the Development of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Warwickshire:
The Committee will receive a verbal update from officers which will outline the progress made around the development of the Warwickshire MASH including any significant developments that have occurred since the last meeting of the Committee.

Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) Annual Report 2015:
The Committee will consider the published WSCB Annual Report for 2015. The Chair of the WSCB is scheduled to attend the meeting to provide members with any additional information around the Annual Report should it be requested.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) progress update:
Members will be receiving a report which was presented to the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee in December 2015. The CAMHS report will serve to update the Children and Young People OSC around the progress being made in the CAMHS area of business.

Closing the Gap:
This report will update the Committee on the performance of the Council’s Closing the Gap strategy. The aim of the strategy is to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in Warwickshire.

The meeting starts at 10.00 on Tuesday 12th January 2016 in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick and is open to the public (click here for the agenda and reports). If you have a question that you wish to ask at the meeting, please contact Ben Patel-Sadler at least 3 working days before the meeting. Otherwise, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting and ensure that the Chair is aware of the matter on which you wish to speak.

Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee 22nd September 2015

The next meeting of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee will focus on a shorter agenda, looking in greater detail at the following topics:

Update on the Development of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Warwickshire

The Committee will be considering a written report which will outline the progress made around the development of the Warwickshire MASH. The report outlines the importance of effective partnership working around the safeguarding of adults and children in Warwickshire and also details how the development of the MASH is being managed.

One Organisational Plan Quarter 1 (Year 2) Progress Report

Members will receive a written report which will focus on how the following services and areas are performing in relation to the OOP:

• Strategic Commissioning
• Education & Learning
• Children’s Social Care & Safeguarding
• Early Help & Targeted Support

Members will be considering the contents of the report and will be asking questions in relation to its content and making recommendations as considered appropriate.

The meeting starts at 10.00 on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 in Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick and is open to the public (click here for the agenda and reports). If you have a question that you wish to ask at the meeting, please contact Ben Patel-Sadler at least 3 working days before the meeting. Otherwise, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting and ensure that the Chair is aware of the matter on which you wish to speak.

Health and Wellbeing Update

The next meeting of Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board takes place on 8th July. This will be an important meeting, with the Board considering the outcome of its governance review and proposals for its future operation. The Board will be asked to determine the form of governance, principles of working, its sub-structure and an action plan to address the remaining recommendations from the earlier LGA Peer Challenge.

The Director of Public Health’s Annual Report will be presented. The theme of this year’s annual report is children and young people.  It includes a focus on early years, education, mental health, healthy weight, risky behaviours and vulnerable groups.

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The Board will consider the Joint Adult Health & Social Care Self-Assessment Framework and the implementation of the associated Improvement Plan. This self-assessment has helped to improve services for people with a learning disability and the joint assessment has three overarching themes – Stay Healthy, Be Safe and Live Well.

Warwickshire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will report on their 2015/16 Quality Premiums. The Quality Premium is intended to reward CCGs for improvements in the quality of the services they commission and for associated improvements in health outcomes and reducing inequalities. The premium is based on measures that cover a combination of national and local priorities.

Further details about the meeting and reports for each item are available via this Link

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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