Agenda and minutes

Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee - Monday 18th July, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Bourges/Viersen Room - Town Hall

Contact: Karen S Dunleavy  01733 452233

No. Item


Apologies for absence


Declarations of Interest and Whipping Declarations

At this point Members must declare whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest, or other interest, in any of the items on the agenda, unless it is already entered in the register of members’ interests or is a “pending notification “ that has been disclosed to the Solicitor to the Council.

Members must also declare if they are subject to their party group whip in relation to any items under consideration.



Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 March 2016 pdf icon PDF 135 KB


Call In of any Cabinet, Cabinet Member or Key Officer Decisions

The decision notice for each decision will bear the date on which it is published and will specify that the decision may then be implemented on the expiry of 3 working days after the publication of the decision (not including the date of publication), unless a request for call-in of the decision is received from any two Members of a Scrutiny Committee or Scrutiny Commissions.  If a request for call-in of a decision is received, implementation of the decision remains suspended for consideration by the relevant Scrutiny Committee or Commission.


Appointment Of A Co-Opted Member pdf icon PDF 55 KB


The purpose of this report is to request that the Committee consider retaining Alistair Kingsley as a co-opted Member to the Committee.  As per the constitution Part 4, Section 8 – Scrutiny Committee and Scrutiny Commission Procedure Rules, paragraph 3:


3.1         The Scrutiny Committee or Scrutiny Commissions shall be entitled to co-opt, as non-voting members, external representatives or otherwise invite participation from non-members where this is relevant to their work.



It is recommended that the Committee retain the membership of Alistair Kingsley to the Committee as an Independent Co-optee with no voting rights for the municipal year 2016/2017.  This to be reviewed on an annual basis.



School Attendance Including Behaviour and Attendance Panels and Pressure on School Places pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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This paper summarises the current context and position regarding attendance rates at schools and the current context and position regarding the planning of school places and admissions to schools.



The committee is asked to:


·         Consider the context and position regarding attendance rates at schools, school place planning and admissions to schools;

·         Scrutunise People and Communities actions to promote good school attendance, ensure the efficient and effective supply of school places and an efficient admissions system;

·         Support People and Communities leaders in supporting, challenging and intervening in schools where necessary if provision is less than good.


Improve educational attainment and skills



Review of Progress Against Action Plan Following Ofsted Inspection of Children's Services, 2015 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Transformation Programme pdf icon PDF 71 KB


This paper discusses Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People. Background, work completed in 15/16, work and priorities for 16/17.



That the Committee notes and supports the plans outlined in this paper.


This links to the following priorities; Safeguard vulnerable children and adults and Achieve the best health and wellbeing for the city.



Prevent and the Work of the Channel Panel pdf icon PDF 89 KB


To advise the panel on the progress in implementing the Prevent Strategy and the work of the Channel Panel.



Scrutiny is asked to scrutinise the council’s approach to preventing extremism and to offer ideas  that can improve the delivery model and the outcomes.


This report links to the local authority priorities in respect of safeguarding vulnerable children and adults and keeping all our communities safe, cohesive and healthy.



Review Of 2015/2016 and Draft Work Programme for 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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To provide the Committee with a review of the work undertaken during 2015/16 by the Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee and to approve the draft work programme for 2016/17.



That the Committee considers the 2015/2016 year in review and makes recommendations on the future monitoring of these items where necessary.


The Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee was established by Council at its annual meeting on 18 May 2009.  During the year 2015/2016, the Committee considered the following issues:


Information / Update

·         Review of 2014/15 and Future Work Programme

·         Childrens Services and Safeguarding:  Introduction, Overview and Work Programme

·         Appointment of a Co-Opted Member


Monitoring / Calling to Account

·         Service Directors Report for Children and Safeguarding

·         Children’s (Social Care) Services Statutory Complaints Process (Children act 1989) Annual Report 2014/2015

·         Presentation of 2015 KS 4 & KS2 Unvalidated Examination Results

·         Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers (report to include assessment of the impact of capping agency fees, website)

·         Service Directors Report for Education including Portfolio Progress Report for Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University

·         City College Peterborough (including Apprenticeships and NEET)

·         Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report (PSCB) 2014/15

·         Placement Strategy for Children Looked After and the Implementation of the  Fostering Action Plan

·         Presentation Of 2015 Final and Validated Assessment Results By Pupil Characteristics for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

·         Children and Families Joint Commissioning Board Achievement Report

·         Supporting The Mental Health Needs Of Care Leavers

·         Progress on SEND Reforms

·         Ofsted Inspection Report

·         Review of Outcomes of Peterborough Self Improvement School Network

·         Vulnerable Children In Education including Closing the Gap Strategy / EAL Strategy and Virtual School

·         Impact of Early Help (including Connecting Families)

·         Service Director And Portfolio Overview Report: Children & Safeguarding


Policy  / Plans /  Consultation

·         Schools Organisation Plan

·         Proposal To Develop A Permanency Service In Peterborough

·         Skills Strategy

·         Outline Child Poverty Strategy

·         Alternative Governance

·         Joint Scrutiny of the Budget 2016/17 and Medium Term Financial Plan – Phase One

·         Joint Scrutiny of the Budget 2016/17 and Medium Term Financial Plan – Phase Two



Forward Plan of Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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This is a regular report to the Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee outlining the content of the Forward Plan of Executive Decisions.



That the Committee identifies any relevant items for inclusion within their work programme.


The latest version of the Forward Plan of Executive Decisions is attached at Appendix 1.  The Forward Plan contains those Executive decisions, which the Leader of the Council believes that the Cabinet or individual Cabinet Member(s) can take and any new Executive decisions to be taken after 25 July 2016.



Date of Next Meeting

Monday, 12 September 2016.