Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 28th July, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: VIa Skype

Contact: Email: 


No. Item


Election of Chairman

To elect the Chairman of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the ensuing Municipal Year 2020/21.


Election of Vice Chairman

To elect the Vice Chairman of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the ensuing Municipal Year 2020/21.



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 306 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 30 June 2020.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 350 KB


Public Issues pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:- 

The deadline for the submission of public questions is Tuesday 21 July 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a statement is 12.00 noon, Monday 27 July 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is Tuesday 14 July 2020.


Children's Services harmonisation - restructure update pdf icon PDF 136 KB

This report sets out progress in the harmonisation of early help services by the new BCP Council. The paper aims to update the committee on the creation of the BCP Early Help Services.

The design will operationalise the BCP Family Support and Early Help Strategic Framework and help deliver on the Corporate Plan’s vision to create Brighter Futures.

The creation of a harmonised structural design has been subject to some delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Youth Parliament Member report pdf icon PDF 571 KB

The purpose of this report is update Members on the roles of MYP and to consider items being championed by the newly elected Youth Parliament members. These are:

·         Young People and Covid

·         Environment

·         Knife Crime

·         Mental Health

·         PHSE


The BCP Children in Care and Care Experienced Young People Improvement Journey pdf icon PDF 450 KB

In November 2019, Ofsted undertook a focussed visit in respect of planning for permanence for children in BCP. 

The outcome of this inspection highlighted a number of areas of improvement which are summarised in our Children’s Services Learning and Improvement Plan.

The improvement plan was updated in light of the inspection outcomes and progress is overseen through the BCP Quality Performance Improvement Board. 

The Corporate Parenting Board is the governance board which oversees the BCP Corporate Parenting Strategy. This report offers an update in relation to the progress being made for children and actions in place to improve our service delivery to children in BCP.


Significant Changes to Maintained Schools for September 2020 and 2021 pdf icon PDF 405 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 have 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. 

Processes for changes to maintained schools are prescribed by the Department for Education. This report provides details of such changes for three maintained community schools. The request to implement these changes is being made with the support of all three schools involved with the changes.

Additional documents:


Dates of Future Meetings

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

·       22 September 2020

·       24 November 2020

·       26 January 2021

·       23 March 2021


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



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To consider the Committee’s Forward Plan.