Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 29 November 2022 6.30pm

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

Contact: Stephanie Davis, Democratic Services Officer 


No. Item


Apologies for absence


Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 353 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 29 September 2022.


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.


The Current State of The Custodial Estate For Children in Medway pdf icon PDF 241 KB

This report advises Members of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the current state of the custodial estate for children in Medway. At the moment the estate consists solely of one children’s prison, HMP Young Offender Institution Cookham Wood in Rochester. However, the Government’s plan is that a second custodial establishment, a secure school run by Oasis Restore, will open in February 2024 on the site of the old Medway Secure Training Centre close to Cookham Wood. Members should note that this plan is subject to Treasury approval in February 2023 and may therefore be affected by any central government budget decisions before that date.


This report summarises the national context of custody for children, updates members of the committee on the most recent inspection of Cookham Wood, provides an accompanying report from the Youth Custody Service on Cookham Wood, and from Oasis Restore on their plans for the Secure School, and summarises the main work of the Safeguarding Children Partnership in respect of the secure estate.

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Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) Annual Report 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

The purpose of this report is to present the Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) Annual Report 2021-22 to the Committee. The report provides an overview of the work carried out by the MSCP in the last year. It sets out the key achievements of the partnership against its key priorities and gives an overview of the learning and improvement role of the MSCP including case reviews that have been undertaken. It also includes a section from the Independent Scrutineer, Rory Patterson


The report was presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board on 17 November 2022 and will be presented to the Community Safety Partnership in line with the Joint Working Protocol between the boards in Medway.

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Draft Capital and Revenue Budget 2023/2024 pdf icon PDF 402 KB

This report sets out the Council’s draft capital and revenue budgets for 2023/24. In accordance with the Constitution, Cabinet is required to develop ‘initial budget proposals’ approximately three months before finalising the budget and setting council tax levels at the end of February 2023.


The draft budget is based on the principles set out in the Financial Outlook 2023/24 considered by the Cabinet on 18 October 2022.


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Children and Young People's Plan pdf icon PDF 228 KB

The Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) sets out our partnership vision and priorities to support and help young people in Medway over the next 3 years. The plan has been based on consultation with children, young people, carried out through the Child Friendly Medway initiative. This plan applies to a wide range of organisations that are committed to making children’s lives better, including Children’s Services, Health, Police, Schools, and voluntary and community organisations. It is important that these organisations work together to better meet the challenges and utilise resources in an efficient and cost-effective way.


The Children and Young People’s Plan sets out the overarching direction we need to take in partnership to enable children and young people in Medway, to reach their full potential.


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Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) pdf icon PDF 489 KB

This report provides an overview of the current performance in Medway in respect of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and provides a summary of the work underway to support young people into appropriate programs and opportunities, post-16.


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Update on the Safety Valve Intervention Programme pdf icon PDF 393 KB

This report will outline the plans submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) to recover the Council’s budget deficit on the High Needs Block (HNB). These plans have been submitted to the DfE with a request for £17.7m investment as part of the Safety Valve Intervention Programme (SVIP), to support the delivery of these plans.


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Council Plan Performance Monitoring & Risk Register Review Quarter 2 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Medway’s Council Plan 2022/23 sets out the Council’s three priorities. This report and appendices summarise how we performed in Q2 2022/23 on the delivery of the programmes and measures which fall under the remit of this committee which are: People and Growth (Appendix 1).


This report also presents the Q2 2022/23 review of strategic risks (Appendix 2).

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OFSTED Monitoring Visit Children's Services pdf icon PDF 263 KB

This report summarises the feedback from the recent Ofsted Monitoring Visit which took place on the 21st and 22nd September 2022, with a focus on disabled children


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Work Programme pdf icon PDF 179 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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