Places Scrutiny Panel – 23 March 2016

PRESENT:  Councillor Evison in the chair.

Councillors Gosling (Vice-Chair), T Foster, Kataria and Longcake

Councillor O’Sullivan attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

522  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following member declared a personal interest –

Member Minute Nature of Interest 
Councillor O’Sullivan 526 Rape Crisis Trustee (Scunthorpe and Grimsby)

No whip was declared.

523  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 2 March 2016, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

524  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

525  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chairman welcomed Councillor C Sherwood to the meeting, the council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure.  Councillor Sherwood had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on any key decisions, important business or key developments, which had occurred during the last quarter.

Resolved – That the Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

526  (8)  FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION – The Chairman welcomed Tom Hewis (the council’s Principal Social Worker – Safeguarding Practice) and Edwina Harrison (Independent Chair of the North Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board) to the meeting.  Mr Hewis and Ms Harrison had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Mr Hewis and Ms Harrison provided a broad overview of the current arrangements in place in North Lincolnshire to train, educate, inform and support victims and families from FGM.

The Chairman then facilitated a discussion between Panel members and Mr Hewis and Ms Harrison.

Resolved – (a) That the council’s Principal Social Worker – Safeguarding Practice and the Independent Chair of the North Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the Panel commence a scrutiny review into Female Genital Mutilation.

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