Agenda

Family and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 16th May, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Lesley Little 

Items
No. Item

1.

MEMBERSHIP

To note the Membership of the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee as agreed by Council on 1 May 2024.

 

19 Members

 

10 County Councillors (5:3:1 Ind Gp, 1 LD)

Quorum - 5

 

Chair: W. Daley

Vice Chair: E. Chicken

 

Conservative

Labour

Independent Group

Liberal Democrats

Green Party

Ind Non-Grouped

E. Chicken

L. Bowman

G. Hill

S. Fairless Aitken

 

 

W. Daley

A. Scott

 

 

 

 

C. Seymour

A. Watson

 

 

 

 

M. Swinburn

 

 

 

 

 

T. Thorne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also:

2 Parent Governors (voting) – two vacancies

3 Church Representatives (voting) – A. Hodgson, P Rickeard, Rev D Lennox

4 Teacher Union Representatives (non-voting) –  L Houghton, three vacancies

(all subject to satisfactory DBS clearance)

 

These representatives may discuss non-education matters but shall not vote on those matters identified as being outside their remit.

 

 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 194 KB

The minutes of the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Meeting held on Thursday 7 March 2024, as circulated, to be agreed as a true record and be signed by the Chair.

 

4.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required where a matter arises at a meeting; 

 

  1. Which directly relates to Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (‘DPI’) as set out in Appendix B, Table 1 of the Code of Conduct, to disclose the interest, not participate in any discussion or vote and not to remain in room. Where members have a DPI or if the matter concerns an executive function and is being considered by a Cabinet Member with a DPI they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with the matter.

 

  1. Which directly relates to the financial interest or well being of a Other Registrable Interest as set out in Appendix B, Table 2 of the Code of Conduct to disclose the interest and only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting but otherwise must not take part in any discussion  or vote on the matter and must not remain the room.

 

  1. Which directly relates to their financial interest or well-being  (and is not  DPI) or the financial well being of a relative or close associate, to declare the interest and members may only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak. Otherwise, the member must not take part in discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room.

 

  1. Which affects the financial well-being of the member, a relative or close associate or a body included under the Other Registrable Interests column in Table 2, to disclose the interest and apply the test set out at paragraph 9 of Appendix B before deciding whether they may remain in the meeting.

 

  1. Where Members have or a Cabinet Member has an Other Registerable Interest or Non Registerable Interest in a matter being considered in exercise of their executive function, they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with it. 

 

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk.  Members are referred to the Code of Conduct which contains the matters above in full. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

5.

School Transport Review - FACS Update May 2024 pdf icon PDF 198 KB

The report communicates the achievements and progress with recommendations and actions within the Home to School Transport review workstreams since the previous update briefing of June 2023.

 

6.

Family Hubs pdf icon PDF 351 KB

The purpose of the report is to engage members with the Council’s priority that Children and young people have the best start in life and grow up well by further developing and embedding our work with partners and families through Family Hubs so that families have access to a range of support from pregnancy through to children turning 18 (or 25 with Special Educational Needs).

 

Additional documents:

7.

REPORTS OF THE SCRUTINY OFFICER pdf icon PDF 136 KB

(a)  Forward Plan

 

To note the latest Forward Plan of key decisions. Any further changes to the Forward Plan will be reported at the meeting.

 

(b) Family and Children's Services OSC Work Programme

 

To consider the work programme/monitoring report for the Family and Children's Services OSC for 2024/25.

Additional documents:

8.

URGENT BUSINESS

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