Agenda and minutes

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Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   


There were no declarations on interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 23rd November 2017


Decision: That the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Children’s and Schools Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 23rd November 2017, be approved as a correct record.


Link4Life Mid Year Review 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 304 KB

A review of performance thus far in 2017/18 in respect of the Borough’s Cultural and Leisure Trust: Link4Life.

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The Committee scrutinised a report from the Chief Executive of Link4Life detailing the performance of the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust, for the first two quarters of 2017-18 (Apr – Sept inc.).


In considering the report Members sought clarification on whether success rates for school swimming lessons were based on an evaluation of individual swimmers or of the class as a group.  



(1)  That the report be noted;

(2)  Link4Life provide details of the assessment of school lessons to a future meeting.


Reason for decision:

Should Link4Life not report on performance, it would contravene its obligations under Schedule 11 of the Partnership Agreement (‘Governance and Monitoring’ arrangements), which requires the Trust to attend Overview & Scrutiny Committee meetings and present performance reports in accordance with the Council’s corporate performance management framework.


Special Educational Needs and Disability Services (SEND) - Presentation

Presentation on SEND Services by Assistant Directors (Children’s Services)


The Committee received a joint presentation from the Director of Children’s Services detailing the legislative requirements, action plans and monitoring of performance for SEND.  The Committee had requested an update at the meeting held on 22nd August 2017.


The Committee were informed Rochdale underwent its SEND inspection in November 2016 with the final report published in December 2016.  The inspection identified four areas to improve and three further areas to focus improvements.  The action plan was presented detailing the approaches being undertaken to develop the service further.



That the presentation be noted but future representations to the Committee be via report format.   




Adoption Annual Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the authority’s Annual Adoption Report 2016/17.

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which detailed the activities of the Rochdale Council Adoption Service for 2016/17. 


In presenting the report the Director of Children’s Services highlighted the national context in which the service is operating.  Of particular note was the requirement for all Local Authorities to become Regional Adoption Agencies by 2020, collaborating with other Local Authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies through formal arrangements to improve efficiency.  Rochdale Adoption Services formally transferred into Adoption Now in November 2017 and subsequent reporting will reflect this change in arrangements.



That the performance of Rochdale’s Adoption Agency, as detailed in the Annual Report and actions being taken to ensure continued improvement, be noted.


Adult, Children & Public Health Directorate Plans 2017/18 Quarter 3 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 150 KB

A review of performance in the third quarter of 2017/18 (October – December):- Children’s Services, Adult Social Care Service and Public Health Service.

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The Committee scrutinised a joint report of the Directors of Adult Care, Children’s Services and Public Health which presented the third quarter performance updates 2017/18.



That the third quarter performance updates from Adult Care, Children’s Services and Public Health, be noted.


Social Care Complaints pdf icon PDF 95 KB

A report detailing social care complaints in the 1st & 2nd Quarters of 2017/18

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The Directors of Children’s Services and Adult Services presented a report that provided Members with a summary of Adult and Children’s Social Care complaints received during the first and second quarters of 2017/18.


Social care complaints are subject to a statutory reporting framework which are scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission. The Council’s Customer Feedback Team extracted and reported on the information recorded for social care services during the study period, including the number of complaints received at each stage of the process, the numbers of complaints that are investigated and responded to within the permitted timescale and the numbers that were upheld.



That the report be noted.