People Scrutiny Panel – 5 February 2014

PRESENT:  Councillor Marper in the Chair.

Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Armitage, Clark and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mrs D Senior and Mrs P Whittaker (Parent Governor Representative) and Mr W Egan  (Church Representatives).

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

239  DECLARATIONS OF DISCOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following member declared a personal interest – There were no declarations of pecuniary or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

240  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

241  LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDRENS BOARD ANNUAL REVIEW – The Chairman welcomed to the meeting Edwina Harrison the independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB).  Edwin updated the panel on the annual report for North Lincolnshire’s safeguarding board, and indicated that the strategic direction of the LSCB in North Lincolnshire remained consistent with the national priorities, and these reinforce the local values and principles that underpin the Board and the priorities identified in the LSCB business plan.

Edwina highlighted that priorites and areas of work identified for 2013-2015 came under three key areas including :- 1) to reduce the harm from explotation of children and young people, 2) to provide early help to children and young people, and 3) to support effective parenting capacity.

Resolved – (a) That Edwina be thanked for her attendance and updating the panel on the annual report, and (b) that the report be noted.

242  RAISING THE PARTICIPATION AGE (RPA) – The Chairman welcomed Julie lane, Lead officer 16-19 year olds and Darren Chaplin, Principal Officer Vulnerable Children & Young People to the meeting, who had been invited to provide a presentation for panel members on raising the participation age.

The panel was informed that PRA Phase 2 indicates that there is a duty to participate in education or training for all young people in England (from 28 June 2013) until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17; and from 26 June 2015; to their 18th birthday. Julie also highlighted that there was approximately 1903 young people currently in Year 11, and the challenges for North Lincolnshire is to find suitable learning/training for vulnerable young people, opportunities linked to employment prospects, continued commitment to apprenticeships/traineeships, and quality provision through first rate partnership collaboration.

Resolved – (a) That Julie and Darren be thanked for their attendance and providing a very informative presentation, and (b) that the current position be noted.

243  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.