Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 7 January 2021 6.30pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Teri Reynolds, Democratic Services Officer 


No. Item


Apologies for absence


Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 1 December 2020. 


Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests and Whipping pdf icon PDF 471 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct. Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.



Attendance of the Portfolio Holder for Adult Services pdf icon PDF 501 KB

This report details the area covered by the Portfolio Holder for Adults’ Services that falls within the remit of this Committee and updates the Committee on activity in relation to the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) team, which has responsibility for the chairing of statutory reviews of Looked After Children. This team is part of the wider Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service. This report provides quantitative and qualitative evidence relating to the IRO team in Medway as required by statutory guidance.


The Emotional and Wellbeing Impact of Covid-19 on Children and Young People pdf icon PDF 170 KB

This paper outlines the findings of primary insight work undertaken to understand the impact of the COVID19 pandemic and resulting lockdown on the emotional health and wellbeing of young people in Medway. It outlines the actions taken and planned in response to the findings of the insight work. It also identifies how schools have responded to the pandemic and endeavored to remain open.

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Childhood Obesity pdf icon PDF 630 KB

At the March meeting of this Committee, Members requested a report on Childhood Obesity in Medway and the current work to improve performance on this issue. This paper provides some context around the Medway childhood obesity data, a summary of our current whole system approach and some specific activities that Medway Council is leading on.


Emotional Health and Wellbeing Contract and the Local Transformation Plan Update pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The contract for the Medway Young People Wellbeing Service was awarded to the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and formally commenced on 1 September 2017. This annual paper updates Members on the contract and developments through the Local Transformation Plan for CYP Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.


Sufficiency Report 2020 pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Each year we produce a Sufficiency Report in October/November which provides a comprehensive review of the support and care provided to children in care (CIC) and care leavers (CL), with reference to data which is made available at the end of September. Last year there was agreement to turn this annual report into a five year Strategy and this work has begun.


This report marks an interim year as we mobilise and embed initiatives needed as a matter of urgency to address the pressures created by the highest number of children in care Medway has seen. The work being undertaken will set the benchmark for the five year improvement plan and this report sets out our high level outcomes for the service.  It outlines the early indications of the challenges and trends affecting our CIC and CL, sets out our priorities to address those challenges and recommends our proposed programmes of work to deliver on those priorities.

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Options Paper Medway Children Assessment Unit pdf icon PDF 576 KB

This report sets out options available to deliver an Assessment Unit, recommending an option to utilise the Old Vicarage property with a commissioned service to a partner/provider for a period of a year and a half, thereafter moving to two more suitable smaller units.

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Early Help (Parenting) Task Group pdf icon PDF 166 KB

This report asks the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider the final report of the Early Help (Parenting) Task Group.  The Task Group have made twelve recommendations which are aimed at developing parenting support in Medway from a universal offer that is easily accessible by all to more targeted support services where needed.  The vision is for parenting support to be delivered in a cohesive way, consistently applied by all agencies across Medway and to be accessed without stigma or difficulty in access.

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Work Programme pdf icon PDF 182 KB

This item advises Members of the current work programme and allows the Committee to adjust it in the light of latest priorities, issues and circumstances. It gives Members the opportunity to shape and direct the Committee’s activities over the year.

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