Children and Education Scrutiny Panel – 16 December 2020

Chairman:  Cllr T Foster
Venue:  Virtual meeting Microsoft Teams
Time:   10am
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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. Public speaking request (if any).

4. Annual Report of Local Arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people 2019/20 – Presentation and discussion with senior representatives from North Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire CCG and Humberside Police.

5. Added item (if any)

6. Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified.


PRESENT:-  Councillor T Foster in the Chair.

Councillors Yeadon (Vice-Chair), Armiger, Clark, Evison and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Member: P Whittaker (Parent Governor Representative)

Councillor Poole attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 37(b).

The panel met via MS Teams.

37      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 or personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

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

39      ANNUAL REPORT OF LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE 2019/20.  The Chairman welcomed Mick Gibbs, Director: Children and Community Resilience, Chief Superintendent Darren Wildbore, Humberside Police, Clare Linley, Director of Nursing Quality, and Nikki Alcock, Lead Officer, Children’s Multi-Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS), to the meeting. The Chairman explained that the lead representatives of the three statutory safeguarding organisations had been invited to present the Annual Safeguarding report (2019/20) to the panel.

Nikki and the Leads provided a detailed presentation to the panel, covering governance, significant achievements, and progress against the MARS priorities. An update was also provided on the impact of Covid 19 on local safeguarding arrangements, and what steps had been taken to mitigate these.

The Chairman initiated a discussion on relevant issues, with members asking questions about transitional arrangements, support for children in care, mental health services, and school workers.

Resolved – (a) That Mick Gibbs, Clare Linley, Chief Superintendent Wildbore, and Nikki Alcock be thanked for their attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the situation be noted.

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