Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 29 September 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 356 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 28 July 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.


Complaints and Compliments Annual Report 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 510 KB

The annual report provides information on children’s services complaints handled during 2021–2022, 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.


Joint Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2022-25 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

This paper sets out the draft updated Joint Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy which includes the vision, guiding principles and the key areas of development that will be Medway’s focus for children and young people with SEND over the coming three years.

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Update on the Safety Valve Intervention Programme pdf icon PDF 453 KB

This report will outline the plans to be submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) to recover the Council’s budget deficit on the High Needs Block (HNB). These plans will be submitted to the DfE with a request for £28m investment as part of the Safety Valve Intervention Programme (SVIP), to support the delivery of these plans.

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Workforce Recruitment and Retention pdf icon PDF 407 KB

Social work recruitment and retention remains the priority for Children’s Services. This paper provides an update on recruitment and retention and sets out the challenges currently facing Medway.


Council Plan Performance Monitoring & Risk Register Review Quarter 1 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Medway’s Council Plan 2022/23 sets out the Council’s three priorities. This report and appendices summarise how we performed in Q1 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 Q1 2022/23 review of strategic risks (Appendix 2).


Following feedback from CMT, Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny Committees, the format of the report has been improved. The new style report shows performance of each programme. It includes the achievements for the programme and the actions being taken to improve performance.


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Petition pdf icon PDF 196 KB

This report advises the Committee of a petition received by the Council which falls within the remit of this Committee including a summary of the response sent to the petition organiser by officers.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 188 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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