Agenda and minutes

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43.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

 

Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

44.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16th November 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held, 16th November 2016, be approved as a correct record.

45.

Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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The Committee considered a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) that presented the Committee’s Work Programme 2016/17.

 

The Committee asked that consideration be giving to scheduling some of the issues below into the Committee’s Work Programme:

 

a.    Young People’s mental health

b.    Suicide prevention

c.    Drugs and alcohol services (generally)

d.    Provision of sexual health services (since the provision of service has been taken up by a new provider)

e.    Obesity levels especially in children

f.     Diabetes – levels of support available, accessibility of that support

g.    Homelessness (including rough sleepers)

h.    Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (insofar as it impacts on skills/educational opportunities (including an input from local colleges)

i.      Coroner’s Service – Committee Members to visit the new Coroner on-site

j.      Report on the Coroner’s Service especially insofar as it deals with cultural/religious sensitivities around deaths in the Islamic faith

k.    Report on bereavement services (or maybe a one-off session)

l.      Visit to Pennine Care Foundation Trust facilities

m.   Foster caring in the Borough’s Muslim community  

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2) the Clerk to the Committee be requested to meet with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee to discuss the possibility of expediting some, if not all, of the issues detailed (at a – m) above.

46.

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group - Update

Representatives of the CCG to report.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That consideration of the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s update report and presentation be deferred to a future meeting of the Committee.

47.

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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The Chair of the Committee introduced Mrs. J. Booth the Independent Chair of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board (RBSAB) who presented the Board’s Annual report with J. Timson (Adult Care Service) that was intended to raise awareness of Safeguarding Adults issues.

 

Rochdale Borough Council has responsibility for the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk within the Borough. In Rochdale, the RBSAB oversees the strategic development and governance arrangements of Adult Safeguarding. The Board aims to ensure that the risk of abuse is minimised by preventative work and in cases where abuse has occurred or is occurring, structures within Rochdale enable individuals to access safety and protection within Rochdale community and services.

 

Under the Care Act 2014, the safeguarding duties apply to an adult who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

 

The report demonstrated how the Safeguarding Adults Board, a partnership of numerous organisations, including NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, Pennine Care Foundation Trust, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Greater Manchester Police, Age UK, Rochdale and District Mind has moved forward its agenda of work, to ensure that concerns identified about abuse of vulnerable adults are responded to effectively and efficiently. The annual report also sets out the priorities for the coming year, in the action plan for 2016/2017.

 

The Committee considered the report in detail commenting on the recorded instances of abuse. The Chair of the Safeguarding Board replied that whilst all instances of reported abuse should be investigated, the increased numbers of reported abuse was welcomed as it was seen as a clear sign that reports of abuse were being taken seriously and that the various reporting mechanisms for notifying instances of abuse were working. Other issues that were becoming increasingly more prevalent included radicalisation, female genital mutilation and illegal immigration with its various attendant problems such as ‘modern slavery’, ‘sham’ marriages and sexual exploitation.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board’s Annual Report 2015/16 be noted and welcomed;

(2) the Chair of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board be requested to submit a further report to the Committee, updating Members on progress being made against targets set out in the Action Plan.

 

 

 

48.

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 115 KB

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The Chair of the Committee introduced Mrs. J. Booth, the Independent Chair of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children’s Board (RBSCB). Mrs. Booth and

T. Philbin (Children’s Services) presented the RBSCB’s Annual Report 2015/16 that was intended to enable Members of the Committee to scrutinise the Annual Report and to raise awareness of Children’s Safeguarding issues.

 

The Annual Report informed readers about the needs of children, to identify how well placed services are to meet children’s needs and what is known about how well this is being done.  The Annual Report detailed actions taken to address challenges identified in the previous year’s report, the current work of the Board and also tried to anticipate future issues that may be of concern. The annual report also established the priorities for the coming year which were set out in the action plan for 2016/2017.

 

Members of the Committee considered the report in detail seeking clarification on a number of issues contained therein, including: confirmation of attendance percentages of partner agencies at Board meetings, the impact of recent legislation regarding the ‘radicalisation’ of children, assistance to Care Leavers and on-going work to counter child sexual exploitation including work to combat criminal gangs that use children to further their ends.

 

The Committee in welcoming the report asked if regular updates, on children’s safeguarding issues could be presented to the committee in future.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board’s Annual Report be noted and welcomed;

(2) the Chair of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board be requested to submit a further report to the Committee, updating Members on progress being made against targets set out in the Action Plan.

49.

Sunrise Team Annual Report 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which advised Members of the Sunrise Team’s work during 2015/16. 

 

The Sunrise Team was a multi-disciplinary team designed to tackle child sexual exploitation. Full details of the team composition and its function were detailed in the Sunrise Annual Report 2015/16; which was the second annual report to be produced and was attached to the report at Appendix 1.

 

Contained within the submitted Annual Sunrise Team Report was the progress updates against the 2015/16 challenges and developments which included: Revision and securing ongoing funding/commissioning across the partnership; Revision of Operation Noric to ensure continued targeting of offenders and support for victims; the development and implementation of Project Phoenix; the continue to contribute to the national work regarding support for victims and prosecution of offenders; the development of educational resource for Year 7 pupils in the UK for social media; to develop outreach support for young people and staff; to develop a pro-active response to the placement of high risk Child Sexual Exploitation victims within the Rochdale Borough by other Local Authorities.

 

The main report highlights the operational work undertaken under the four key strands of the Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy, namely: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Public Confidence.

 

The Committee discussed this report in some detail, seeking clarification and commenting on a number of issues including: the good performance thus far of the ‘Prevent Strategy’; the 264 CSE risk assessments that were undertaken in respect of 110 children noting that these were in the main repeat assessments; the terminology used in the report – the Chair asked if this could be reviewed especially in respect of the term ‘historic sexual abuse’ which was used on several occasions; the work that the Sunrise Team undertakes with offenders in terms of, where appropriate, monitoring them after their release from prison; work undertaken with victim’s families especially at the most stressful times, such as during court cases.

 

The Committee requested that future reports include more anecdotal case studies and include more detailed information about complex safeguarding issues. The Committee also requested that in 2017/18 the Sunrise Team’s Annual Report be submitted to the Committee at an earlier stage in the Municipal Year.

     

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted and welcomed;

                        (2) the Committee request that the 2017/18 Sunrise Team’s Annual Report be submitted to the Committee at an earlier stage in the Municipal Year.

50.

Key Stage 4 Outcomes 2016 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which briefed Members on the outcomes for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2015/16.

 

The Committee was informed that new accountability measures had been introduced for Key Stage 4. The prior key indicator of 5A*-C including English and Mathematics had been replaced by Attainment 8,  the average points scored in a pupils’ best eight GCSEs and Progress Eight which measured the progress pupils made between the end of key stage 2 (age 11)  to the end key stage 4 (age 16.) For 2016, the North West region has produced data against the previous indicator of 5A*-C including English and Mathematics. 52.5% pupils attained 5A*-C including English and Mathematics in the Borough compared with the national average of 52.8%. This represents an increase of 4.1% in comparison with the previous year. The attainment and progress of pupils in the high prior attainment band though remained an area of concern.

 

Steps were being taken by the Education Authority to re-establish Secondary link School Improvement officers which would enable closer monitoring and increased support and challenge to schools to secure improvement against key indicators. Through this work, the Local Authority gained an accurate view of school performance and predictions against the new accountability measures to better target support.  An investment of £15,000 would enable interim support from a Maths consultant. This support enabled intensive work to be completed within six of the Borough’s secondary schools to improve in the following areas: Subject leadership of mathematics, teaching and learning in mathematics and pitch and challenge of teaching in mathematics. The Committee was advised that the improved performance of the Borough’s pupils in English and Mathematics had been highlighted as a priority by the Leader of the Council. 

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

51.

Proposed changes to Primary and Secondary Admission Arrangements 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which outlined proposed changes to the school admission arrangements for primary and secondary schools, and in-year admissions for 2018/19; the co-ordination of primary and secondary school admissions and to seek approval to the schemes.

 

A Local Authority (LA) was required to consult on its admission arrangements, and to determine them by 28th February each year.  Rochdale Borough’s Local Authority is consulting all maintained schools in the Borough as well as neighbouring admission authorities on the proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled primary schools, secondary community schools and also on the proposed co-ordinated admission schemes for primary and secondary schools. In Year admissions are separated for 2018/19. Where a school converts to academy status before September 2018, the existing published admission criteria for such schools would continue to apply.

 

Members were advised that there were no known changes to the School Admissions Code being planned and any revisions to take account of previous changes in the Code had taken place in previous years. The proposed changes to the Admission Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools were: the introduction of separate Admission Policies for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools; and a refined criteria relating to the admission of children with strong church connections for Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools

 

The Local Authority was proposing to introduce a new, separate policy for In-Year Admissions and applications submitted outside the normal admissions round.  This is intended to meet the changes in demand particularly for multiple applications, such as a family group or children moving to the Rochdale area. There were Fair Access Protocols in place for both primary and secondary schools that were to remain unchanged.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

52.

Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes of the meeting held 13th September 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, held 13th September 2016, be noted.

53.

GMCA/AGAMA Scrutiny Pool pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Minutes of the meeting held 11th December 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool held 11th November 2016 be noted.