People Scrutiny Panel – 20 September 2016
2. Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).
3. To take the minutes of the meeting of the panel held on 26 July 2016 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
4. Public speaking requests (if any)
5. People Scrutiny Panel – Work Programme
5.1 Discussion and update from Edwina Harrison, Independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
5.2 Next stages (if any)
6. Added Item (if any).
7. Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.
PRESENT: – Councillor Marper in the Chair.
Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Clark, Longcake and O’Sullivan.
Statutory Co-opted Member: Mr W Egan and Mr P Thompson (church representatives) and Mr S Milner (Parent Governor Representative).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
372 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllr O’Sullivan declared a personal interest on item 375 as a Trustee of the Blue Door.
No whip was declared.
373 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 26 July 2016, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.
374 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.
375 PEOPLE SCRUTINY PANEL WORK PROGRAMME – The Chairman welcomed Edwina Harrison, Independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, and Tom Hewis, Principal Officer – Safeguarding Practice, to the meeting. Edwina and Tom had been invited to the meeting to update members on an ongoing assurance project led the Local Safeguarding Children Board to ensure that all appropriate steps were in place to address female genital mutilation (FGM).
Edwina and Tom gave an overview of FGM and the role of the Board in tackling the practice. This centred around each organisation considering their role in this, and whether they were consistently taking all appropriate actions. Edwina described how this piece of work was progressing, and likely timescales and reporting mechanisms.
Members then took part in a discussion of the issue, asking a range of questions, including on topics such as training, working across organisational and geographic boundaries, risk assessment, and the scale of the issue in North Lincolnshire.
Resolved – (a) That Edwina Harrison and Tom Hewis be thanked for their attendance, presentation, and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that a further update be provided to the panel when the work is finalised and embedded.
376 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.