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.

Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 16th September

In addition to the Committee’s standing items on the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and questions to the Portfolio holders, this varied agenda comprises items on Fire, Safer Routes to Schools, Bus Fares, as well as the periodic performance report.


Fire & Rescue Service – Operational Implications of the Budget

Communities OSC will consider the report going to Council later this month, on the operational implications of the budget for the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. This will give its members the chance make suggestions and recommendations to the subsequent Cabinet and Council meetings.


Safer Routes to Schools

A task and finish group (TFG) on Safer Routes to Schools and 20 mph initiatives has recently been completed. The TFG has submitted its report and recommendations for approval by the Committee and referral on to Cabinet.


Bus Fares

Following a decision at Council, a report about bus fares will be provided to this meeting. This looks at the legislative background, the role of the County Council in relation to bus services, the setting of bus fares, competition and the provision of new services. Other aspects are availability of fares data and concessionary travel.

Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2013/14 – now published!

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just published our Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report for 2013/14.

The report brings together all the major pieces of scrutiny we’ve done over the past year, including in-depth reviews of Council and local health services, the performance of individual departments, and the ongoing improvement of services.

These are summarised as ‘Key Outcomes’ which provides a snapshot of each Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s key achievements over the past 12 months. The report is available here: Annual Report 2013/14

Thank you to all of the members, officers, partners and members of the public who have contributed to and participated in Overview and Scrutiny during the year.

O&S Report front page

The Annual Report will be considered at Annual Council on 20 May – this meeting is open to the public and details are available here.

Get Involved

Councillors are about to start discussing ideas about what key topics and issues should be scrutinised over the next 12 months. If you have any suggestions, please either leave us a comment below or email us at

Busy meeting ahead for the Children and Young People OSC!

The Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee has a busy meeting ahead on Wednesday 2 April, when members will be focusing on a number of important topics.

The development of a new Special Educational Needs school at the Manor Park site

A new school will be developed on the former Manor Park School site in Nuneaton specifically for pupils with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) . The new school will be expected to accommodate 60 – 80 pupils and additional units will follow in later stages closer to mainstream schools. At the meeting , the Committee will consider the latest position and timescales for completion.

The impact of changes to the Integrated Disability Service

In February 2013, Council agreed to a £1.76m savings plan for the Integrated Disability Service. This required a redesign of the service to ensure that it was:

  • modern and fit for purpose;
  • compliant with legislation supporting independence and personalisation so that families are actively involved in the decisions made about how to best support their children; and
  • achieved value for money and cost effective, with a level of investment that is more in line with  statistical neighbours.

Members will review progress achieved in managing the savings programme and preperation for the new “Local Offer” defined care packages.

The Committee is aslo due to receive two important verbal updates on a) the changes to Children’s Centres and the delivery of Early Years services, and b) the proposal to merge Warwick’s school admissions priority areas into a single scheme for the town, which will give members the latest position on these two significant policy changes.

There will also be reports on:

  • The important work undertaken by Inclusion Support Groups at Primarly Schools;
  • The impact of Government changes to the adoption process and the introduction of adoption service scorecards; and
  • The transition of Public Health into the County Council.
Do you want to know more?

The meeting will commence at 10am at Shire Hall, Warwick – a copy of the agenda and the reports can be found here. If you have a question that you wish to ask at the meeting, please contact Georgina Atkinson 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.


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