Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room, First Floor, BCP Civic Centre Annex, St Stephen's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6LL. View directions

Contact: Louise Smith, 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 346 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 20 September 2022.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 500 KB


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.



Feedback from the Child Exploitation Working Group

The Chair of the Working Group to provide a verbal update to the Committee on its findings and recommendations.


Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership pdf icon PDF 142 KB

The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (PDSCP) is the statutory body which oversees multi-agency safeguarding services which covers the local Dorset and BCP council areas.  This report contains a background and introduction to the functions of the partnership and the council’s responsibilities.


The annual report of the PDSCP is provided as an attachment for consideration by cabinet. The annual report includes reflections on 2021/22; strategic priorities for 2022 to 2024; learning from practice; information from the Child Death Overview Panel; summary of multi-agency training; achievements from each of the statutory safeguarding partner organisations and sub-groups of the partnership.

Additional documents:


Children's Services Improvement Update pdf icon PDF 237 KB

BCP Children’s Services was inspected, under the Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACs) framework in December 2021. The outcome was an overall inadequate judgement. As a result the Secretary of State of Education issued a Statutory Direction and appointed a DfE Improvement Adviser to support the Council in their improvement of Children’s Social Care Services.

As a result a Children’s Services Improvement Plan is in place to ensure progress is made at pace in Children’s Social Care in line with the recommendations of the December Inspection and in accordance with the statutory direction notice received by the Council in March 2022.

Overview and Scrutiny require regular updates on themes regarding improvement. In October 2022 Children’s Services had their second Monitoring Visit, the letter published by Ofsted is presented for scrutiny alongside, the DfE Advisers first report. The DfE Adviser in their role is required to review the pace and progress of improvement at 6 months to ensure it is sufficient and report on this to the Secretary of State.

Additional documents:


Written Statement of Action Progress Report pdf icon PDF 127 KB

The Written Statement of Action Programme of Improvement Work has been underway for ten months and as required by Department for Education and NHS England has been concentrating on improving eight areas of significant weakness. The Department for Education and NHS England have a regular monitoring session with BCP Council and NHS Dorset to ensure progress is being made against the eight key areas.

Additional documents:


School Attainment and Progress 2022 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Report providing provisional attainment data from 2022 public examinations and assessment series in BCP.

Additional documents:


Brighter Futures Children's Services Key Performance Indicators (Q2) pdf icon PDF 237 KB

This report provides a performance update for the period July – September 2022 (Quarter 2 2022-23) for the key performance indicators relating to Children’s Services as detailed in the Corporate Performance Scorecard. 

Additional documents:


Portfolio Holder Update

To receive a verbal update from the Portfolio Holders.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To consider the Committee’s Forward Plan.


Dates of Future Meetings

To note the date for the next meeting as 7 February 2023.