Agenda

Children & Families Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall, Stockport. View directions

Contact: Charles Yankiah  (0161 474 3206)

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No. Item

Substitutes

Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services by 4.00pm on Friday 18 November 2022 (Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting).

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2022.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any).

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4.

Children, Families and Education PPRR Mid Year Report pdf icon PDF 460 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director of People and Integration.

 

The report provides details relating to Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource for the Children, Families and Education Portfolio with the Portfolio Report based on the 2022/23 Portfolio Performance and Resource Agreement (PPRA), which was considered by the Committee on 7 September and approved by Cabinet on 28 September 2022.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

a)    Consider the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Report; 

 

b)    Review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2022/23;

 

c)    Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

 

d)    Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report; and

 

e)    Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Officer contacts:

 

Gaynor Ward, Strategy and Performance Manager

gaynor.ward@stockport.gov.uk  (0161 474 3186)

 

Gill Dixon, CSS Manager (Specialist) Finance – Children’s Social Care

gill.dixon@stockport.gov.uk   (0161 474 3886)

 

Peter Hughes, CSS Manager (Specialist) Finance – Education & Schools

peter.hughes@stockport.gov.uk   (0161 474 3947)

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Outline Business Case for the Review of Children's Homes - External Placements pdf icon PDF 673 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report sets out the business case for the delivery of additional internal residential placement sufficiency in Stockport. This expansion in capacity is required to meet increasing demand due to rising numbers and complexity of children in care and to reduce our spend on external placements.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to comment on the work undertaken to date and recommend for Cabinet approval to:

 

a)    Approve the capital funding to a maximum of £1.8m through prudential borrowing for the immediate purchase and conversion of up to three properties within Stockport.

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to approve the selection of suitable properties and undertake their purchase.

 

c)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to enter into any such contracts and agreements as may be required to complete the purchase, conversion and operation of the children's homes.

 

d)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to apply for any necessary consents associated with the delivery of the children's homes.

 

e)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to approve necessary revenue budget changes to support the running of the new homes.

 

f)      Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to take all necessary further steps to deliver the strategy.

f)

Officer contacts: Jeanette Warburton, jeanette.warburton@stockport.gov.uk  or James Kington, james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

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Josh McCallister Report – Independent Care Review Summary pdf icon PDF 935 KB

To consider a report of the Service Director (Children’s Social Care and Principal Social Worker).

 

The report provides a review of the Josh McAlister report and includes information relating to the Munro Review of Child Protection and the Competition and Markets Authority Children’s Social Care report.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Rebecca Key, rebecca.key@stockport.gov.uk

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Proposed Closure of St Mary's RC Primary School pdf icon PDF 852 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Children’s Services.

 

The report provides details relating to the St Mary’s RC Primary School, Heaton Norris that received an inadequate judgement from OFSTED and was placed into special measures in January 2022. As a consequence of being placed into special measures the Diocese of Salford were issued an Academy Order under paragraph 10, schedule 1 of the Academies Act 2010.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to: -

 

a)    Comment on and note the report; and

 

b)    Commit to public engagement and consultation over whether the Council should publish a statutory proposal to formally close the school.

 

Officer contact: Christopher Harland, 0161 521 1707 or email christopher.harland@stockport.gov.uk

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Admission Appeal and Exclusion Review Panel Members pdf icon PDF 227 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance).

 

This report presents recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to consider approval for the reimbursement of independent appeals panel members for the time and expense involved in undertaking this function.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to endorse that:-

 

a)    Council approves the introduction of a £32.50 per day payment to members of the Independent Appeals Panel.

 

b)    Council approves the introduction of the allowance being backdated to May 2021.

 

c)    Council notes that a recruitment exercise will be undertaken following the introduction of the allowance.

 

d)    Council requests that the Independent Remuneration Panel undertake a review of the rate of the allowance at a point 12 months after its introduction to assess its effectiveness in recruiting and retaining panel members.

 

Officer contact: Vicki Bates, 0161 474 3219 or email on vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

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Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 184 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance).

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.

 

Officer contact: Charles Yankiah on 0161 474 3206 or email:

Charles.yankiah@stockport.gov.uk

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