Agenda

Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 9 January 2020 6.30pm

Venue: Civic Suite - Level 2, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR

Contact: Teri Reynolds, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 3 December 2019. 

3.

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. 

4.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests and Whipping pdf icon PDF 212 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.

 

5.

Outcomes of consultation on proposals to restructure Alternative Provision in Medway pdf icon PDF 417 KB

This report outlines the outcomes of the consultation on the Council’s proposals to restructure Alternative Provision in Medway. The Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee is asked to consider the report and make comment for inclusion within the Outcomes of Consultation report to Cabinet.

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6.

Medway Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) Annual Report 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

The purpose of this report is to present the Medway Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) Annual Report 2018-19 to the Committee. The MSCB Independent Chair publishes an annual report describing how agencies in Medway have worked together through the year and how effective the arrangements are in Medway to keep children and young people safe from harm, abuse or neglect. The report summarises the work undertaken in 2018-19 and the replacement of the MSCB with the Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) which transitioned from September 2019.

 

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7.

Review of the Old Vicarage Children's Home Provision pdf icon PDF 452 KB

This report provides information relating to the Old Vicarage Children’s Home for young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties, and its sustainability in the current economic climate. The report provides the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee with feedback from the public consultation relating to the proposed closure of the provision. 

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8.

Kent, Bexley and Medway Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) pdf icon PDF 239 KB

The Department for Education (DFE) has mandated that all local authorities must be delivering their adoption services through a regional arrangement by April 2020. The minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi MP issued a letter to Medway and Councils across the country in February 2019, confirming the Government’s expectation for all Local Authorities to be part of a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) by 2020. For any authority who fails to do this, the Government have the legal power to direct Local Authority adoption services to another RAA. This report sets out the summary of the business case for the regionalisation of adoption services across Kent, Bexley and Medway. Members are asked to consider the report and for comments to Cabinet for its consideration of this report on 14 January 2020.

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9.

Annual Adoption Report pdf icon PDF 262 KB

This report provides theChildren and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee with the Adoption Agency’s Annual Report. This annual reports covers adoption performance during this period and provides an update on the work of the team. This report also includes information about the progress made towards Medway forming a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) with Kent County Council and the London Borough of Bexley, which is also covered in more detail in a separate report on this agenda.

10.

Annual Fostering Report pdf icon PDF 363 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 looked after children and establishes the work which should be undertaken in the coming year. 

11.

Sufficiency Report 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

The purpose of the report is to update members of the Committee on the annual refresh of the statutory Sufficiency Report.  The purpose of this Sufficiency Report, set out at Appendix 1 to this report, is to detail how Medway Council, through working with all its partner agencies, will meet the placement needs of current and future Children in Care and Care Leavers, and improve their outcomes in light of our understanding of their needs and current provision.

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12.

Work programme pdf icon PDF 157 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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13.

Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 77 KB

This report summarises the content of agenda item 14, which contains confidential information within the meaning of s.100A(3)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 – information given to the Council by a government department on terms (however expressed) which forbid its public disclosure at this time.

14.

Report from the Minister of State for Children and Families on ways forward for Children's Services in Medway

This report sets out the report from the Minister of State for Children and Families on ways forward for Children’s Services in Medway and the statutory direction to Medway Council.

 

This item was not available at the time of despatch with the main agenda. The Chairman of the Committee is of the opinion that it should be considered at this meeting as a matter of urgency as permitted under section 100B of the Local Government Act 1972 to enable the Committee to consider this item and forward any comments to the Cabinet when it considers the report at its meeting on 14 January 2020.