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342.

Apologies for absence pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from I Cathrew Co-opted Member.

343.

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 made.

344.

Wales Audit Office: Review of Whistleblowing and Corporate Safeguarding pdf icon PDF 473 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis Jones and Jon Eyre referred the Committee to the ‘Wales Audit Office: Review of Whistleblowing and Corporate Safeguarding’ report that had been referred from the Audit Committee and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Corporate Safeguarding Policy and Whistleblowing Policy – When were these Policies last updated on the Web site and where are they located on the Web site.

 

The Chair requested that the Committee be advised when the Web site had been updated.

 

·         Explanation requested in relation to the judgements in relation to Schools

·         Whistleblowing – How many incidents of Whistleblowing have there been over the past few years – Where is the Authority in relation to other Councils – Is it possible to obtain figures from other Authorities

·         Paragraph 4.3 – When is the next report due

·         Paragraph 6.4 – Are staff advised of the Policy – Is the Policy drawn to the attention of new staff

·         What is the composition of the Safeguarding Group

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers and Councillor C Davies Cabinet Member for the update to the Committee.

345.

Adult Advocacy Strategy pdf icon PDF 517 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Lowri Morgan referred the Committee to the ‘Adult Advocacy Strategy’ report and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 6.4 – Funding for advocacy services – Is there money available in the Council’s budget

·         Paragraph 4.4 – Further details requested on how to help people understand and the proposals to spread the word in relation to the Service

·         The number of people in the County Borough with hearing impairment and Dementia in people under 65 years old – Is this common to all Authorities

·         Is this a Corporate Policy or just for Adult Services

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers and Councillor C Davies for the update to the Committee.

 

The Committee also agreed a review of the Adult Services Advocacy Strategy in six months.

346.

Children’s Services Strategy pdf icon PDF 682 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

Taryn Stephens referred the Committee to the ‘Children’s Services Strategy’ report and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 5.7 – The Early Help Hub – Has there been an annual evaluation of this and the effectiveness of the overall service – Are people still aware of availability in the Community – What are the total number of referrals – Explanation requested in relation to assessments and referrals – Is it for the whole year

·         Strategy for Improvement Performance – Corporate Self Evaluation – What is the update on this

·         Strategy – Sustainable Services – Action Plan – What are the three years referred to

·         Children Looked After – What is the current figure

·         Employment and Training – Has the Pandemic had any impact on this

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers and Councillor C Davies for the update to the Committee.

Coronavirus Update

Lisa Curtis Jones updated the Committee in relation to Vaccinations for Care Homes and Social Services Staff.

 

The Chair then thanked Lisa Curtis Jones for the update to the Committee and thanked the staff for the tremendous work that they had undertaken.

347.

Forward Work Programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Forward Work Programme 2020/21’ report and the Committee agreed the report.

348.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

Whistleblowing

 

The Committee agreed that Carys Kennedy be requested to provide a Briefing Note to the Committee in relation to Whistleblowing.

349.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the matters that had been discussed at the Meeting

350.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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