Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 7th February, 2023 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 336 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 22 November 2022.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 221 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.



Joint Inspection of Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service pdf icon PDF 220 KB

HMI Probation led a Joint Inspection of Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service in September and October 2022. The inspection report was published on 17 January 2023. The overall rating of the service was Good. The report provides a thorough review of the work of the service, applying 13 inspection standards. 11 of the 13 standards were rated Good, one was rated Requires Improvement and one was rated Outstanding.

Additional documents:


Virtual School Head's Annual Report pdf icon PDF 210 KB

The attached report gives an overview of the academic year 2021-22 for children in care and care leavers.  The report includes successes, areas that we have been focusing on, areas we are looking to develop and priorities for the next academic year.  Educational outcomes are shown in the report along with an outline of spend for the Pupil Premium Grant.

Additional documents:


SEND Improvement Journey: SEND Capital Programme and Delivering Better Value (DBV) pdf icon PDF 250 KB

This report provides an update on the Council’s progress in the Department for Education’s Delivering Better Value (DBV) programme. The programme is designed to provide dedicated support and funding to help local authorities with substantial deficit issues in their high needs block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) to reform their high needs systems.


Additional documents:


Children's Services Improvement Plan Year 1 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

The Children’s Services Improvement plan is in place to ensure progress is made at pace in accordance with the ILACs recommendation, Monitoring Visit outcomes and the statutory Direction notice.

Overview and Scrutiny require regular update on themes regarding improvement and this report covers overall improvements to date.

The Children’s Services Senior Leadership Team are presenting the overall outcomes for the first year of Improvement through a presentation at this Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Additional documents:


School Attainment and Progress 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

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


Brighter Futures Children's Services Key Performance Indicators (Q3) pdf icon PDF 331 KB

This report provides a performance update for the period October to December 2022 (Quarter 3 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 relevant Portfolio Holders


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 268 KB

To consider the Committee’s Forward Plan


Dates of Future Meetings

To note the dates of the Committee for the 23/24 Municipal Year as follows:


·       6 June 2023

·       19 September 2023

·       21 November 2023

·       23 January 2024

·       19 March 2024


All with a 6pm start, venues to be confirmed.