Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Louise Smith - Email:  Email:


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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 366 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 1 December 2020.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 496 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.



Covid- 19 Impact and recovery - Mental Health and impact of returning to school pdf icon PDF 140 KB

During the national lockdown that was in place over the spring and summer terms 2020, all BCP schools remained open but were only able to offer places to children from vulnerable groups and key worker children.

The impact of the lockdown on children and families, and their readiness to resume full time education in September 2020 was unknown.  However, it was clear that some would require additional support to enable them to successfully transition back into school and a more ‘normal’ routine.

The Council worked with schools and partner organisations to prepare materials that would support professionals and families with this to address these concerns.  Two survey were also carried out to better understand the impact of the lockdown and what further support was needed.

Additional documents:


Recent Ofsted visit outcome pdf icon PDF 273 KB

The focused visit to Children’s Services made by Ofsted in October 2020 resulted in a formal published letter on 27 November 2020. The letter, which is appended to this report, set out serious concerns about the quality of services, concerns which warrant urgent and immediate attention. Appendix A - the 15-point action plan - is the response to those concerns.


Additional documents:


Establishment of Winchelsea Satellite at Somerford pdf icon PDF 507 KB

The number of children and young people assessed as requiring a place at a specialist education provision in the BCP area has increased in recent years.  Local provision to meet these needs is of high quality, but capacity has not been expanded sufficiently to meet this additional demand.   As a result, increased use has had to be made of local Independent and Non-Maintained special schools which are comparatively expensive and often located outside of the BCP area.  The result of this has been significant pressure on the school Transport budgets. In partnership with the BCP community of schools, a range of proposals has been developed to increase capacity and create new provision to meet the needs of these pupils and these were reported to Cabinet in the paper ‘Capital Investment to Increase Special Educational Needs Capacity’ on 22 April 2020. 

The process for making changes to maintained schools is prescribed by the Department for Education. This report provides details of the process undertaken in relation to adding places at Winchelsea School through establishment of a new satellite at Somerford Primary School. The request to implement the proposal is being made with the support of Winchelsea School and Somerford Primary School.


Items for Information

The following items will be circulated for information only after the Committee meeting:

·        Childcare Sufficiency

·        Update and Impact of the Family Support Strategy



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 386 KB


Dates of Future Meetings

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

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

·        23 March 2021

·        8 June 2021

·        27 July 2021

·        21 September 2021

·        23 November 2021

·        25 January 2022

·        22 March 2022