Agenda and minutes

Venue: SIAMBR Y CYNGOR / COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

313.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Braithwaite and Councillor B Mansbridge.

314.

Datgan buddiant / Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

315.

Adroddiad Blynyddol ar Adolygiadau Plant sy'n Derbyn Gofal a Chynadleddau Amddiffyn Plant / Children Looked After Reviews and Child Protection Conferences 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the item and provided the committee with a brief background on children looked after reviews and child protection conferences 2015/2016.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the appropriate officers.

 

·         You say that your performance has been excellent in these areas for the last few years but you don’t qualify this statement in any way.

 

How do you measure your performance?

 

Who else says your performance is excellent?

 

Can you provide this committee with some comparative information please?

 

·         How has the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer strengthened?

 

·         Why do you think neglect is increasing?

 

You say that it is increasing across Cwm Taf, however is this the case nationally?

 

·         You say that the CLA strategy and ongoing preventative work is the reason there has been a decline in looked after children.

 

How is this impacting on the LAC budget which we have been overspending on for a number of years?

 

The Chair requested that in the future the Committee be presented with data in the format of ‘where we were’, ‘where we are now, and ‘where we aim to be’.

 

The Chair thank ed the officers for their responses.

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny Committee members note the content of the report.

316.

Grwp Cyfieiro Diogelu Corfforaethol / Corporate Safeguarding Reference Group pdf icon PDF 143 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the report and provided a brief overview of the Corporate Safeguarding Reference Group.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the appropriate officers.

 

·         Is safeguarding still on the Corporate Risk register?

 

If yes why?

 

·         Has safeguarding training been provided for all its members?

 

·         You say that the initial action report was too lengthy and it was developed to the Corporate Safeguarding Reference Group to develop and implement.

 

·         It was mentioned that Corporate Safeguarding Reference Group need continued support. Are you finding any barriers to the effectiveness of the Group, and if so is there anything that this scrutiny committee can assist you with?

 

The chair thanked the officers for their responses.

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny Committee note the contents of the report..

 

317.

Strategaeth Atal i Blant sy'n Derbyn Gofal / Children Looked After Prevention Strategy pdf icon PDF 185 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the item to the committee and summarised the Children looked after prevention strategy.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the officers.

 

·         Can you explain the reasons for the increase in demand for residential placements, and the effect it has on your budgets and any additional pressures on your department?

 

·         Why was the “Success, Stability and Transition Panel” set up?

 

·         Who sits on the “Success, Stability and Transition Panel”?

 

·         Can you provide some examples of work that is planned in partnership with education to close the gap between the achievement of our looked after children and their peers?

 

·         Is the children’s school attendance monitored as this can impact on their achievements?

 

·         You say that ongoing work is a reason there has been a decline in looked after children. In respect of the 12 children within that month becoming looked after, have they been subjected to ongoing preventative work, or are these new cases?

 

·         At a previous meeting you mentioned high caseloads, with social workers under strain as workloads increase, while local authority funding cuts continue to bite.

 

How are this Authority’s social workers coping at the moment and are their caseloads under control?

 

The Chair asked that Officers report back to the committee in the future in relation to the social workers caseloads.  

 

Resolved that:

 

The Committee raise questions and challenges that will support effective delivery and improvement in this area of work.

318.

BDPCT Cynllun Blynddol 2016-17 / BDOCT Cynllun Blynddol 2016-17 / CTSCB Annual Plan 2016-17 / CTSAB Annual Plan 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nicola Kingham introduced the Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children’s and Adult Annual Plan 2016-2017 and provided the committee with a brief overview of the plans and highlighted what outcomes they aim to achieve this year.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and responded to in detail by the appropriate officers.

 

·         Do Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC) and Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) have their own Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) or is it one MASH that services the MTCBC and RCT area?

 

·         You provide figures showing the financial contributions from Partners. Are you satisfied at this early stage that the partners’ contributions for next year will continue?

 

·         In an earlier report the committee heard that the category of Neglect in Merthyr has steadily increased over the last twelve months and across the Cwm Taf area.

 

How will the board address this issue?

 

·         Does the Authority work with other groups/agencies within the local authority to identify neglect?

 

·         Do all the partner organisations contribute as they should do to the work of the Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children’s and Adults Board?

 

What happens if any Partner doesn’t contribute as it should?

 

·         How will the Board need to change to ensure it meets the requirements of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act?

 

·         Outcome 3 is about the Board being proactive in engaging with its community. Generally this is an area that local authorities have not been successful.

 

What will you be doing that is new and innovative to engage with the public?

 

 

The Chair thanked the Nicola Kingham for presenting the report and her responses.

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny Committee notes the content of the Cwm Taf Safeguarding Boards Annual Plans for 2016-2017

 

Scrutiny Committee considered the priorities identified for 2016-2017.

319.

Perfformiad Blynyddol - Cynllun Corfforaethol (Maes Blaenoriaeth 2 - Hyrwyddo annibyniaeth) / Performance Report - Corporate Plan (Priority Area 2 - Promoting Independence) pdf icon PDF 160 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

 

Minutes:

Ewan McWilliams presented the Performance Report – Corporate Plan (Priority Area 2 – Promoting Independence) to the committee.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to be the appropriate officers.

 

·         By 2017 you want to see an improvement in the proportion of the adult population that can live independently.

 

Surely you have limited influence over this, so how can you influence our partners to help achieve this?

 

·         Is there adequate budget available to assist in the improvement of the proportion of the adult population that are able to live independently?

 

·         This project to find a provider to deliver direct payments support has been going on since April 2015. Is it having any detrimental effect on the service users?

 

·         The proportion of carers of adults offered an assessment at 66.2 percent is significantly below your expectation of 100 percent. How are you going to address this; and by when?

 

It was requested by the committee that the figures in relation to the proportion of carers of adults offered an assessment be reported every quarter.

 

Resolved that:  

 

Scrutiny Committee note the judgements and evaluations.

320.

Perfformiad Blynyddol - Cynllun Corfforaethol (Maes Blaenoriaeth 3 - Diwallu anghenion plant sy'n agococh I niwed) / Performance Report - Corporate Plan (Priority Area 3 - Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Children) pdf icon PDF 162 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

 

Minutes:

Ewan McWilliams presented the Performance Report – Corporate Plan (Priority Area 3 – Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Children) to the committee.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to by the appropriate officers.

 

·         In order to achieve “good” you need to have effective early intervention and preventative services. Do we have sufficient budgetary and human resources to achieve this?

 

·         What are the main reasons for the increase in the proportion of looked after children (LAC) with three or more placements?

 

Could a reason be that we don’t have a good selection of foster carers for example?

 

·         Why was it found necessary to introduce this project? Have the judgements of practitioners been questionable in the past?

 

·         Are we on track to do what we are expected to do in terms of the Wellbeing Act and the Future Generations Act?

 

Are there any areas where you feel we are struggling to adapt?

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny Committee note the judgements and evaluations.

321.

Perfformiad Blynyddol - Cynllun Corfforaethol (Maes Blaenoriaeth 4 - Ffyrdd gweithgar o fyw) / Performance Report - Corporate Plan (Priority Area 4 - Active lifestyles) pdf icon PDF 173 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised the committee that this item had been deferred to a future meeting in December or January 2017.

322.

Cyfeiriadau Craffu, Adborth a Gweithredu Dilynol / Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer explained that the Regeneration Scrutiny committee are looking at Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) and the relationship between COTs and housing to uncover any issues and will be looking at how the issues can be addressed.

 

The Chair advised the committee that a date had been set to meet as a sub group to discuss the Regeneration Committees findings which will be fed back to the Social Service Committee at a future meeting.

 

 

323.

Myfyrio ar y Cyfarfod a'i Gwerthuso / Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the meeting.

324.

Deddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau'r Dyfodol (Cymru) 2015 / Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis-Jones provided the committee with an in depth update in relation to the Authorities position in the implementation of the Social Services Well Being (Wales) Act 2014.

325.

Rhaglenni Gwaith Pwyllgor Craffu 2016-17 / Scrutiny Work Programme 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Howard Jones highlighted the current work programme and advised that a number of requests made by the Committee at todays meeting would be added to the future work programme for consideration.

326.

Unrhyw Fater Arall y mae'r Cadeirydd yn ei ystyried yn Bwysig / Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no other business deemed urgent and closed the meeting.

 

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