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Agenda and minutes

The Former Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families' Services
Wednesday, 5th December, 2012 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, ROTHERHAM. S60 2TH

Contact: Hannah Etheridge, Democratic Services Officer, Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

53.

Declarations of Interest.

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest to record. 

54.

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 7th November, 2012. pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting of the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families’ Services held on 7th November, 2012, were considered.

 

Resolved: - That the minutes of the previous meeting be approved as a correct record for signature by the Cabinet Member. 

55.

Howard Woolfenden, Director, Children and Families' Safeguarding, Children and Young People's Services.

Minutes:

Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families’ Services, wished to note that Howard Woolfenden, Director for Children and Families’ Safeguarding, Children and Young People’s Services, had left the authority to take up a new post in Oxfordshire County Council. 

 

Howard had worked for Rotherham for two years, and the Cabinet Member wished to place on record his thanks and appreciation for the way in which Howard had carried out his role, and wished him all the best for the future. 

56.

Clair Pyper, Interim Director, Safeguarding Children and Families' Services, Children, Young People and Families' Services.

Minutes:

Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families’ Services, welcomed Clair Pyper, Interim Director for Safeguarding Children and Families’ Services, Children and Young People’s Services, to her new role. 

 

Councillor Lakin wished Clair well in her role and looked forward to working with her in the future.  

57.

Proposal to add a Special Educational Needs Unit to Flanderwell Primary School. pdf icon PDF 39 KB

 

  • Service Lead, School Admissions, Organisation and Special Educational Needs Assessment Service, Schools and Lifelong Learning, Children and Young People’s Services, to report. 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member considered the report presented by the Principal Officer, School Organisation and Risk Management, Schools and Lifelong Learning, Children and Young People’s Services, in relation to increasing demand for Special Educational Needs provision for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition in the Borough. It had become necessary to increase the number of SEN School places in the area. 

 

A verbal report had been presented to the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families’ Services on 7th November, 2012, (Minute No. D52 (Proposal to add a Special Education Needs Unit to Flanderwell Primary School) refers).  Approval had been given to enter into pre-statutory consultation on the proposal. 

 

Resolved: - That the decision to approve the entering of pre-statutory consultation, as recorded at Minute Number D52 of the meeting held on 7th November, 2012, be affirmed. 

58.

Proposal to establish catchment area arrangements for the Waverley Estate. pdf icon PDF 41 KB

 

  • Service Lead, School Admissions, Organisation and Special Educational Needs Assessment Service, Schools and Lifelong Learning, Children and Young People’s Services, to report. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Officer for School Organisation and Risk Management, Schools and Lifelong Learning, Children and Young People’s Services, presented a report outlining the house building programme at Waverley.  The report covered the additional school places that would be required by the growing area as homes were built and occupied, and the effect on existing catchment areas of the surrounding schools. 

 

The Waverley Housing Programme would be a four-phase development, running from 2012 to 2031.  It was anticipated that the first houses would be occupied from December, 2012. 

 

The report outlined how the Section 106 monies would be made available following the development meeting key milestones.  There was a total of £11,270, 000 available, which would be released to the Local Authority in four blocks, as outlined in the submitted report. 

 

The Cabinet Member noted that currently the Waverley area fell into Treeton Church of England Primary School’s catchment area.  Due to recent and planned housing developments in Treeton, which had already seen the School’s Published Admission Number rise from 37 to 45 by extension of the school building, it was not feasible to increase the numbers at that school further.  Alternative primary schools in the local area had been analysed and it was considered that Catcliffe Primary and Brinsworth Howarth Primary Schools would be suitable catchment area schools for the new housing created at Waverley.

 

It was therefore proposed that an interim catchment area for the Waverley housing development be established at Brinsworth Howarth and Catcliffe Primary Schools.  A temporary additional classroom would be added to Brinsworth Howarth’s site.   

 

It was proposed that secondary school catchment areas would be split between Aston and Brinsworth Academy schools, with the provision of 60 places per year group at each school.  This would remain under review whilst the development progressed and whilst highways to the area were designed and built.    

 

The report noted the stakeholder consultation that had taken place on the proposals, including the schools involved.  

 

Resolved: -  (1) That the permanent removal of the Waverley Estate (formerly Orgreave Mining Site)  from the Treeton C of E Primary School catchment area be approved.

 

(2)  That a shared interim catchment area for primary education provision for pupils living at the Waverley Estate of Catcliffe Primary School and Brinsworth Howarth Primary School be established until the opening of the first Waverley new build school.

 

(3)  That the commencement of formal discussions begin with the Governing Body and the Senior Leadership Team at Brinsworth Howarth Primary School in relation to a temporary expansion of the school to meet expected future demand.

 

(4) That an initial catchment area line, (as shown at appendix A) to define the provisional catchment area boundaries, subject to annual review until such time as the development is established to a point where a permanent catchment area boundary for both primary and secondary provision can be accurately determined, be established.

 

(5)  That an annual progress report be presented to the Cabinet Member in relation to school place requirements  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.

59.

Children and Young People's Services performance indicator report: - quarter two. pdf icon PDF 32 KB

 

  • Performance and Improvement Officer, Commissioning, Policy and Performance, Resources Directorate, to report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Performance and Quality Manager, Commissioning, Policy and Performance, Resources Directorate, provided an update on the Children and Young People’s Service’s performance indicator report, as at the end of quarter two. 

 

The report contained a commentary of the Service’s performance against the priorities of the Corporate Plan and a Red, Amber, Green rating for the Service’s performance against national indicators. 

 

The Performance and Quality Manager informed the Cabinet Member of work that was being undertaken to address the areas of concern highlighted by the performance indicators.  These included actions with partner agencies to increase Care Leavers participation in employment, education and training,

 

Resolved: -  (1)  That the report be received and its content noted. 

 

(2)  That the report be submitted to the Children, Young People and Families’ Partnership for their information. 

60.

Variation to the Intensive Support to Families contract. pdf icon PDF 43 KB

 

  • Strategic Commissioning Manager, Commissioning, Policy and Performance, Resources Directorate, to report. 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Strategic Commissioning Manager, Commissioning, Policy and Performance, Resources Directorate, which outlined a proposal to commission a role of Families for Change Co-ordinator, who would be working towards the Central Government’s Troubled Families initiative, to the voluntary and community sector.

 

It was proposed that Rotherham MIND’s existing contract to work with families with complex needs across Maltby, Wickersley and Dinnington be varied to include provision of higher level intervention for families in the areas.  Rotherham MIND’s experience of working in these areas, along with their local knowledge and existing engagement with the families and services in the area, would enable them to take on the Families for Change Co-ordinator role. 

 

Discussion ensued on the proposal and the following issues were raised and clarified: -

 

  • Utilisation of Troubled Families funding;
  • Performance management of the role. 

 

Resolved: -  (1)  That a variation to the existing Intensive Support to Families Contract be made to enable Rotherham MIND to fulfil the Families for Change Co-ordinator role until 31st March, 2013.

 

(2)  That a further report on commissioning for the 2013/14 on Intensive Support to Families be presented to a future meeting of the Cabinet Member. 

61.

Short Breaks Service Statement. pdf icon PDF 71 KB

 

  • Children's Disabilities Communication Strategy Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Children and Families Services, Children and Young People’s Services, to report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report presented by the Children’s Disabilities Communication Strategy Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Children and Families, Children and Young People’s Services, which outlined the Local Authority’s proposed Short Breaks Service Statement for 2012-13. 

 

The proposed Short Break Service Statement included: -

 

·         The range of short breaks services to be provided;

·         Access criteria and eligibility to services;

·         How the range of services was designed to meet the needs of Rotherham’s children, young people and carers.

 

The Cabinet Member noted that a series of consultations had taken place across Rotherham with a number of disabled children and young people, parents and carers, universal services and short break service providers.  A detailed analysis of the consultation feedback was included in the Short Breaks Needs Assessment Refresh 2012/13.  The feedback gained informed the recommendations set out within the Short Breaks Service Statement 2012/13. 

 

It is good practice that the impact of short breaks as detailed within the Short Breaks Statement would be under constant review.  

 

It was noted that Rotherham was one of twelve sector champions whose good approach had been recognised and, accordingly, acted as a lead authority for other local authorities. 

 

The Cabinet Member and his advisers endorsed the successful and well thought—out document, in particular the examples of children, young people and carers’ voice and input into the document. 

 

Resolved: -  (1)  That the Short Breaks Service Statement for 2012-13 be endorsed.

 

(2)  That the Statement be made available on the Council’s website and distributed to service users and stakeholders. 

62.

Exclusion of the Press and Public.

 

The following item is likely to be considered in the absence of the press and the public as being exempt under Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972 (as amended March, 2006) (information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular individual (including the Council)).

Minutes:

Resolved:- That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as amended (information relating to the financial/business affairs of any person (including the Council)).

63.

Approval of Tender for Flanderwell Primary School's new classroom extension.

 

  • Senior Project Manager, Project Management Group, Audit & Asset Management, Environment and Development Services, to report. 

Minutes:

Resolved: - That the above report be submitted to the 19th December, 2012, Cabinet meeting as it pertains to a Key Decision.