Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Louise Smith  Email:


No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.


Substitute Members

To receive information on any changes in the membership of the Committee.


Note – When a member of a Committee is unable to attend a meeting of a Committee or Sub-Committee, the relevant Political Group Leader (or their nominated representative) may, by notice to the Monitoring Officer (or their nominated representative) prior to the meeting, appoint a substitute member from within the same Political Group. The contact details on the front of this agenda should be used for notifications.



Declarations of Interests

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.


Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 330 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 22 September 2020.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 358 KB

To note and comment on the attached action sheet which tracks decisions, actions and recommendations from previous meetings.


Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution, which is available to view at the following link:


The deadline for the submission of a public question is 4 clear working days before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a public statement is midday the working day before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.



Item requested by a member of public for scrutiny pdf icon PDF 2 MB

A request for scrutiny of the SEND Services in the BCP area has been made by a member of public. In line with the Constitution, this item is listed for consideration by the Committee regarding whether to commission further scrutiny work in this area.


Attached to the agenda to aid the Committee in consideration of this item are the original letter requesting scrutiny and a briefing note on SEND improvement work provided by Children’s Services.

Additional documents:


First-Time Entrants to Youth Justice pdf icon PDF 310 KB

This report summarises the latest local information on rates of young people entering the youth justice system. The reduction that had been seen in the previous two years has continued and further steps are being taken to divert young people from the justice system.


The Determination of Admission Arrangements 2022/23 for Maintained Mainstream Schools pdf icon PDF 352 KB

In line with the requirements of the School Admissions Code 2014 and associated legislation, BCP Council is statutorily required to determine its admission arrangements annually. This report requests Cabinet to determine the 2022/23 admission arrangements for its maintained community and voluntary controlled schools. The arrangements remain unchanged from the previous academic year.



Children's Services response to Covid- 19 pdf icon PDF 235 KB

This report provides an update summarising Children’s Services response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to provide assurance as to how we will continue to work with partners to meet the needs of children, young people and their families during the course of the pandemic.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 389 KB

To consider and agree the Committee’s Forward Plan.


Dates of Future Meetings

To note the dates of future Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committees as follows:

·        26 January 2021

·        24 February 2021 (*Please note this is an additional meeting and will be held on a Wednesday)

·        23 March 2021


All meetings will commence at 6pm and venues to be confirmed.