Agenda

Family and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 7th October, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Meeting Space - Block 1, Floor 2 - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Lesley Little 

Note: Due to Covid restrictions only those who have registered and are actively participating will be allowed access to the meeting. Any member of the press or public may view the proceedings of this meeting live on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/NorthumberlandTV. 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Minutes of the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on Thursday 2 September 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

 

3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room. NB Any member needing clarification must contact the monitoring officer by email at monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

4.

FORWARD PLAN OF KEY DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 244 KB

To note the latest Forward Plan of key decisions for October 2021 to January 2022. Any further changes made to the Forward Plan will be reported to the committee.

 

5.

PROPOSAL TO AMALGAMATE SEATON SLUICE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND WHYTRIG MIDDLE SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 375 KB

The Cabinet report sets out the request of the Governing Body of the Seaton Valley Federation to the Council to carry out informal consultation on a proposal to amalgamate Seaton Sluice Middle School and Whytrig Middle School.  The report also notes that Cabinet may be requested to permit the publication of a statutory proposal in line with the requirements of The School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 and The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 following the outcomes of informal consultation at a future date. Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 12 October 2021.

 

6.

PROPOSALS FOR ATKINSON HOUSE pdf icon PDF 277 KB

The Cabinet report sets out proposals for Atkinson House Special School in Seghill, a secondary provision for boys with Social, Emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in Northumberland. The nature of these proposals require that a statutory process would need to be undertaken prior to any final decision being made by Cabinet.  Cabinet is therefore also asked to permit the initiation of the statutory process, beginning with approval for a six week informal public consultation process.  Cabinet may be requested to permit the publication of a Statutory Proposal in relation to these proposals at a future date following the outcome of consultation.  Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 12 October 2021.

 

7.

SCHOOL ORGANISATION PLAN 2021-2024 pdf icon PDF 215 KB

The Cabinet report asks Cabinet and FACS to note the second iteration of the School Organisation Plan 2021-2024 for Northumberland, the first iteration being for 2018-2021.  The report also asks Cabinet to approve the circulation of the plan to schools and academies for information and feedback prior to its subsequent publication.  This latest version of the plan covers the period 2021 to 2024, but it will be subject to annual update in order to capture changing information or circumstances relating to schools and academies as appropriate.  Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 12 October 2021.

 

8.

UPDATE OF THE EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTION POLICY pdf icon PDF 209 KB

The Council’s Education Infrastructure Contribution Policy was approved for implementation by Cabinet in December 2017.  Cabinet is now asked to approve an update to the policy specifically in order to approve an increase in the requested contribution towards SEND provision in the county reflect the increased number of young people in the County requiring specialist provision.  Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 12 October 2021.

 

9.

CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE SELF-ASSESSMENT - APRIL 2021 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

The report shares the content and findings of the Children’s Social Care Self-assessment.  The self-assessment supports an evaluation of the progress and current practice in children’s social care and identifies future actions to support the continuous improvement that is required as we strive to achieve our vision of being a service where meeting the needs of children, young people and families is the focus so that they get the best out of life. 

 

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FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME AND MONITORING REPORT 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Members are asked to review and note the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme and Monitoring Report.

 

11.

URGENT BUSINESS

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chairman, should, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.