Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

186.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S Jago due to Council business and Eve Davies, Co-optee.

187.

Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct

 

Note:

 

(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and

 

(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

188.

Youth Offending Service pdf icon PDF 368 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Lyndon Lewis, Head of Youth Offending (Cwm Taf) provided a detailed summary of the Youth Offending Service report and in particular referred to:

 

·         Where we were

·         Where we are now

·         Where we want to be

·         What we need to do next

 

The following matters were raised and discussed by the Committee and responded to in detail by the Officers:-

 

·         Workshop for members to better understand what is being done

·         Youth Service

·         External funding

·         Well-being no longer under Social Services, now under Education

·         Inspectorate feedback since implementation changes

·         Reduction in custody rates for young children

·         Children Looked After/ACES agenda

·         Evidence pattern/historical information regarding first time entrants

·         Mental Health Services – what has been done to address the problems

·         Internal Audit recommendations – are these imminent.

 

Further discussion took place with regard to arranging a Members workshop.

 

Committee praised the Youth Offending Service for the excellent report and the positive work that has been undertaken.

 

Resolved that Committee:-

 

2.1       Acknowledge the proposed strategic changes within the Youth Justice System and potential impact upon YOS business and Cwm Taf region.

 

2.2       Receive further reports in due course in order to be satisfied on the progress and improvements being made as set out in the Youth Justice Plan 2019/20.  Scrutiny Committee will also receive updates on the work/changes that impact upon the YOS generally and potential implications for Merthyr Tydfil.

 

 

189.

Reconfiguration of Adult Accommodation Services pdf icon PDF 469 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

Angela Edevane provided a detailed summary to Committee on the Reconfiguration of Adult Accommodation Services report and noted at 4.1 it should read Gurnos, not Gurnos Estate and advised this would be rectified in future reports.

 

The following matters/questions were raised and answered in detail by the Officers:-

 

·         Clarity on numbers of beds at Llysfaen

·         Are all parties being kept up to date

·         Will the current residents at Gurnos remain there

·         Clarity over Llysfaen consultation

·         Timescales of this item being considered at Council.

 

Committee thanked and complimented the officers for the excellent work undertaken.

 

The Chair asked for a show of hands for support of this item.

 

Resolved that:

 

2.1       Scrutiny Committee consider the outcome of the consultation and provide comment prior to presentation to Full Council.

 

 

190.

Annual Report on Social Services (2018/19) pdf icon PDF 279 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis Jones provided a summary to Committee on the Annual Report on Social Services 2018-19 with particular reference to:-

 

·         Consultation event and outcomes

·         Change in format of future reports (more user friendly)

 

The following matters/questions were raised and answered in detail by the officers:-

 

·         Propose that the format of the report should ‘tell a story’.

·         Request for an update on what are our priorities for next year and why.

·         Clarity sought over public consultation (meet need rather than consider financial issues).

·         Is there a way to achieve safety of children looked after at a lower cost.

·         Clarity over next budget update.

 

A Committee Member thanked the officers for the report and acknowledged the difficulties between need and cost and wished the department well for the future.

 

Resolved that:

 

2.1       Scrutiny Committee Members note and debate the contents of the report.

 

191.

Inspection of Community Mental Health Team pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Angela Edevane provided a detailed summary to the Committee with particular reference to:-

 

·         Inspection was on Community Mental Health Team (the inspection did not include CAMHS).

·         Key areas that were criticised and action plan for improvement

·         Care and treatment plans

 

The following matter was raised by Committee and answered in detail by the Officer:-

 

·         Long standing ICT problems

 

The Chair praised the officers for an excellent report and the positive comments and wished for the Scrutiny Committee’s thanks to be passed onto the staff for the work undertaken to achieve this result.

 

Resolved that:

 

The Scrutiny Committee consider and comment on the content of the report and action plan.

 

192.

Forward Work Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 545 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered and agreed the Forward Work Programme.

193.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that there was no update on this item.

194.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the issues that had been considered.

195.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair.

 

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