Agenda and minutes

Corporate Review Committee
Thursday, 6th December, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Tina Gould 


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Declarations of Interest

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There were no declarations made at the meeting.


Minutes of the meeting held on 2 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 209 KB

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RESOLVED That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 2 November 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Consideration of the Call-in of the Cabinet Decision - Pan Staffordshire Approach to Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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The Committee considered the Call-in of a Cabinet decision on the Pan Staffordshire Approach to Children and Young Peoples Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health, which was made on 21 November 2018. 


Councillor Susan Woodward, the Lead Member who had called in the Cabinet decision asked, with the Chairman’s agreement, Cllr Charlotte Atkins to explain the reasons for the call-in as she had attended the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee when the report had been considered for pre-decision scrutiny.  Cllr C Atkins explained that in her opinion, the strategy:

1.    Insufficiently focussed on the voices of children and young people.  She explained that “the Local Transformation Plan stated that effective development of preventative approaches to children and young people’s emotional wellbeing would require the continued commitment to the voices of children and young people informing the direction that preventative services take”.  She felt that this was in contradiction with the infographic in the report which said that children want to talk more about mental health in schools and they also say that they don’t know how to access mental health support. 

2.    There is a lack of evidence of any robust engagement or collaboration with Staffordshire schools to develop school based programmes to support early intervention with pupils and parents. This is despite such intervention being identified as vital to promote emotional wellbeing among children and young people and to prevent issues from escalating into more serious mental health conditions later in life.  Again, school intervention was expressed as a priority in the Local Transformation Plan. It was considered that the ‘Next Steps’ within the Strategy lacked ambition and appeared to rely on the trail blazer funding bid being successful.  She asked how schools had been engaged, what evidence was there of an improvement in outcomes following engagements, what was happening regarding future funding and how is progress being monitored?

3.    It was felt that the main recommendations and conclusions of the All Party Member Group (APMG) Innovation Report into the mental health and wellbeing of young people had been disregarded. Schools are a key part of a children’s lives and make the biggest difference.   Councillor Atkins stated that the paper was a health model not a whole systems approach, which was needed.


Councillor Hewitt, on behalf of the Chair of the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee, informed the Committee that on 29 October 2018 the Committee had considered the report for pre-decision scrutiny. The NHS had been invited to the meeting but unfortunately were unable to attend the meeting with the Cabinet Member but they had agreed to attend future meetings. The Strategy had been explained as well as the commissioning intentions.  The Committee had asked for a six-month update report including the delivery plan and results of the trailblazer bid.


Councillor Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People explained the background to the Strategy.  The Strategy had been developed with Stoke on Trent City Council and the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) across Staffordshire and had been developed alongside the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.