People Scrutiny Panel – 6 April 2017

Chairman:  Councillor Marper
Venue:  Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time:  2 pm


1.       Substitutions.

2.           Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).

3.           Public speaking requests (if any)

4.           School Transport and Safeguarding

4.1     Informal discussion with Trevor Laming and Heather Barratt, North Lincolnshire Council
4.2     Next stages (if any)

5             Added Item (if any).

6.  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 Bainbridge, Clark, Davison and Longcake.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr W Egan (Church Representative) and Mr S Milner (Parent Governor Representative).

Councillor Collinson also attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

408     DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS, AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

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

410     SCHOOL TRANSPORT AND SAFEGUARDING – The Chairman welcomed Trevor Laming, Assistant Director Technical and Environment Services, and Heather Barratt, Transport Manager, to the meeting.  It was explained by the Chairman that Trevor and Heather had been invited to discuss general issues around home to school transport at both mainstream and special schools, and how the council ensured that safeguarding arrangements were in place. Heather gave an overview of current provision, explaining how drivers and escorts were trained and how work was allocated, and how the council worked with the schools, parents and guardians, and the children and young people.

The Chairman then led a discussion about the topic, with members asking questions about issues such as incident handling, medicine management, risk assessment and staff make-up.

Resolved – (a) That Trevor Laming and Heather Barratt be thanked for their attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that a further update be provided to the panel in early 2017/18.

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