Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 30 September 2021 6.30pm

Venue: St George's Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4UH. View directions

Contact: Teri Reynolds, Democratic Services Officer 


No. Item


Apologies for absence


Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 5 August 2021.


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.



Actions to reduce domestic abuse harms for children in Medway pdf icon PDF 268 KB

This report presents the interventions undertaken by Medway Council and its partners that contribute to reducing Domestic Abuse (DA) harms faced by children. The Domestic Abuse Act 2020 places additional requirements on Local Authorities (LAs) regarding the support of children. DA has an impact on people of all genders, ages and ethnicities; while acknowledging this, the scope of this report is limited to children under the age of 18 as survivors or children of survivors. Due to the limited scope this report does not represent the totality of services and interventions to address DA.

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Complaints and Compliments Annual Report 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 733 KB

The annual report provides information on children’s services complaints handled during 2020–2021, and includes the numbers received and the types of issues raised. The report also highlights some examples of the many positive things people have said about the provision of children’s services in Medway over the same period, and the service improvements Medway Council has made as a result.


Annual Fostering Report pdf icon PDF 398 KB

The Annual Report for the Fostering Service sets out the work completed over the last year, how in-house fostering services have met the needs of Medway’s children in care and establishes the work which should be undertaken in the coming year.

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High Needs Block Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 222 KB

This report provides the Committee with details of the High Needs Block deficit and the recovery plan to address the deficit.

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Medway Council Education Strategic Framework pdf icon PDF 222 KB

This report seeks to outline the role for the local authority:


1)      As a result of the 2010 coalition Government’s white paper, the Importance of Teaching, and how the Council intends to meet requirements.

2)      To ensure school effectiveness aims, priorities and principles as well as operational arrangements for quality assuring, monitoring and evaluating and supporting and challenging schools.


These documents, alongside the Council’s School Place Planning Strategy and the SEND Strategy form Medway Council’s education strategic framework.


The report is due to be presented to Cabinet on 19 October 2021.

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Council Plan Performance Monitoring and Risk Register Review Quarter 1 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 361 KB

Medway’s Council Plan 2021/22 sets out the Council’s three priorities. This report and appendices summarise how we performed in Quarter 1 (Q1) of 2021/22 on the delivery of the two priorities relevant for this Committee: People and Growth.


This report also presents the Q1 2021/22 review of strategic risks.

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Work programme pdf icon PDF 184 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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