People Scrutiny Panel – 17 July 2018

Chairman:  Councillor T Foster
Venue:  Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time:  10 am
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1.       Substitutions.
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 meetings of the panel held on 20 February 2018, 6 March 2018, and 17 April 2018 as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign.
4.           Public speaking requests (if any)
5.           Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Ensuring Appropriate, Timely and Integrated Support.
5.1     Discussion with representatives from Outwood Academy,
5.2         Next stages.
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 T Foster in the Chair.

Councillors Collinson, Glover, Godfrey, Oldfield and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr S Milner and Mrs P Whittaker (Parent Governor Representatives) W Egan and G Marsden (Church Representative).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

455     DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS, AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Mrs Whittaker declared a personal interest as a foster carer.  Cllr Collinson declared a personal interest as he had relatives who worked in the Disability Team.  Cllr Oldfield declared a personal interest as a personal licence holder.

No whip was declared.

456     MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 20 February 2018, 6 March2 and 17 April 2018, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

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

458     CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING – ENSURING APPROPRIATE, TIMELY AND INTEGRATED SUPPORT – The Chairman welcomed Emma Ricketts, Vice-Principal, Julie Taylor, Inclusion Co-ordinator, and Trish Smith, Learning Manager, Outwoods Academy Brumby, and Sue Walmsley, Inclusion Co-ordinator, Outwoods Academy Foxhills, to the meeting.  The Chairman explained that the representatives from Outwoods Academy had been invited to attend the meeting to provide a first-hand perspective on the experience of their students in relation to their mental health and local services.

The representatives gave a detailed overview of their experiences, highlighting a significant rise in the number of children and young people experiencing mental health issues, and the issues that they faced in accessing appropriate services.  Concerns were raised around waiting times, referral pathways, a lack of appropriate staffing, and a rane of related issues.

Members asked questions throughout on issues such as school nursing, GP access, the levels of anxiety, the impact on learning, what steps could be taken to improve the situation, and safeguarding.

Resolved – (a) That Emma Ricketts, Julie Taylor, Trish Smith and Sue Walmsley be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions; (b) that the information provided be noted, and (c) that the panel take forward the issues raised into their future work.

459     ADDED ITEM – The Director: Governance & Partnerships confirmed that one Added Item on staffing in social care was outstanding and would be dealt with at a future meeting.