Agenda and minutes

Children and Families Committee
Monday, 8th November, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Josie Lloyd  Tel: 01270 686466 Email:  josie.lloyd@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

27.

Apologies for Absence

To note any apologies for absence from Members.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors M Addison and J Buckley. Councillor J Clowes attended as a substitute.

28.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

29.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 October 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2021 be approved as a correct record.

30.

Public Speaking/Open Session

In accordance with paragraph 2.24 of the Council’s Committee Procedure Rules and Appendix on Public Speaking, set out in the Constitution, a total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to put questions to the committee on any matter relating to this agenda. Each member of the public will be allowed up to two minutes each to speak, and the Chair will have discretion to vary this where they consider it appropriate.

 

Members of the public wishing to speak are required to provide notice of this at least three clear working days’ in advance of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Ruben Barrow, a Member of Youth Parliament, attended the meeting to speak in support of the Crewe Youth Zone. The Chair invited him to speak at item 6 rather than during public speaking.

31.

Care at Home Recommission pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To approve the arrangements to recommission Care at Home services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee received a report which sought approval for the redesign and recommission of a new Children’s Care at Home Purchasing System.

 

There was extensive debate and concerns were raised by some Members about supporting the recommendations in the report without further detail. A number of Members expressed a view that this report required scrutiny from the Finance Sub-Committee before returning to the Children and Families Committee.

 

A motion was moved and seconded which sought to approve the recommendations outlined in the report and the motion was declared lost.

 

A further motion was moved and seconded to refer the item to the Finance Sub-Committee for scrutiny and for the report to be brought back to the Children and Families Committee following this. The motion was declared carried. 

 

RESOLVED:

1.    That the report be referred to the Finance Sub-Committee for scrutiny.

2.    That the report be brought back to the Children and Families Committee for consideration following scrutiny at the Finance Sub-Committee.

32.

Crewe Youth Zone pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To note the proposed site for the Youth Zone and arrangements for funding.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee received a report which provided  an update on the progress made to date to develop a Crewe Youth Zone, including an outdoor satellite site, following Cabinet approval in October 2020.

 

Ruben Barrow, a Member of Youth Parliament spoke in support of this item and the committee thanked him for his contribution.

 

A detailed business case would provide more information on arrangements and a further report would be brought back to the committee. The committee received assurances that safe walking routes and parking would be considered within the plans.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the committee note the report

2.    That the committee note that a further Children and Families Committee report will be prepared to seek approval for the detailed arrangements for the opening, operation and governance of the Crewe Youth Zone.

33.

SEND Strategy pdf icon PDF 224 KB

 

To approve the SEND Strategy and associated action plan for 2021 – 2024.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee received a report which set out the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2024 and the

consultation and engagement that has occurred to compile the SEND Strategy and associated action plan.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the committee approve the SEND Strategy and associated action plan for 2021 – 2024.

2.    That the committee receive an annual report on the progress being made against the vision, values and actions contained in the SEND Strategy.

34.

School Transport Update pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To receive an update on arrangements in relation to home to school transport.

Minutes:

The committee received an update on school transport, including the arrangements in relation to the additional transport provided as a result of COVID-19, implementation of the new COVID guidance from September 2021 and progress in relation to the transfer of Transport Service Solutions (TSS) functions to Cheshire East Council.

 

A question was raised regarding safe walking routes and it was agreed that Mark Bayley would take this away to ensure transport is not looked at in isolation but to be considered alongside walking routes.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the update be noted.

2.    That Mark Bayley take away the request to consider safe walking routes alongside transport.

 

The committee adjourned for a short break.

35.

All Age Sensory Impairment Strategy pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To approve the new All Age Sensory Impairment Strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee received a report setting out the All Age Sensory Impairment Strategy which had been developed in partnership with Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group following formal consultation.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the committee approve the All Age Sensory Impairment Strategy.

36.

Cheshire East Joint Market Position Statement pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To approve the Market Position Statement.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee received a report which outlined the results of the consultation process and presented the final version of the Joint Market Position Statement 2021-25 for approval.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the committee approve the final version of the Market Position Statement 2021-25 as outlined in appendix 1.

37.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To consider the Work Programme and determine any required amendments.

 

Minutes:

Before considering the work programme, Mark Bayley was invited to provide a verbal update to the committee on the Covid-19 position in schools following the half term break. A concern was raised about Year 6 SATs due to take place next year with a high number of pupils having had regular time out of education due to Covid-19 and it was agreed that Mark Bayley would look into this outside the meeting. A further question was raised regarding what is being done to look at the impact of Long Covid on children and it was agreed that this would be raised with the Director of Public Health. It was agreed that this verbal update would be added as a standing item to the agenda.

 

The committee considered the work programme. It was agreed that two new items on the recent Ofsted inspection and on support grants would be added to the January agenda. The Finance Third Quarter Review, Medium Term Financial Strategy and the Self Evaluation of Children’s Services would be deferred to February. It was requested that the S151 Officer would send an update to all Members to explain the reasons for delay in the finance reporting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the Covid-19 Schools Update (Verbal) be added as a standing item to the agenda.

2.    That Mark Bayley take away the question on Year 6 SATs to look into outside the meeting.

3.    That the question of looking into the impact of Long Covid in children be raised with the Director of Public Health.

4.    That the agreed changes be made to the work programme.

5.    That the S151 Officer send an update to all Members on the reasons for the delay in the financial reporting.

38.

Minutes of Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To receive and note the minutes of the Corporate Parenting Committee meeting held on 14 September 2021.

Minutes:

The committee received the minutes of the Corporate Parenting meeting held on 14 September 2021.

 

A question was raised as to whether the minutes of the Local Authority School Governor Nomination Sub Committee should be received by the Children and Families Committee and it was agreed that this would be looked into outside the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the minutes of the Corporate Parenting Committee be received and noted.

2.    That the question of the Local Authority School Governor Nomination Sub Committee minutes being received by the Children and Families Committee be looked into.

39.

Reporting of Urgent Decisions pdf icon PDF 35 KB

To note the urgent decisions taken on behalf of the committee.

Minutes:

It was noted that an urgent decision was taken on behalf of the committee to undertake an accelerated procurement to recommission two residential Children’s Homes.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the decision be noted.