Agenda and minutes

Corporate Review Committee
Monday, 3rd September, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Nick Pountney 

Items
No. Item

16.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor McMahon declared and interest in the All Party Member Group for Innovation as he was a member of the group.

17.

Minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on the 11 July 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

18.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on the 7 August 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

19.

All Party Member Group for Innovation pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Report of Cllr Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Cllr Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, Cllr Keith Flunder, All Party Member Group Cabinet Support Member (Innovation)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Flunder, the Cabinet Support Member for the All Party Member Group (APMG) for Innovation, presented the final report of the group which had been set up to look at “How do we promote children’s emotional and mental wellbeing to reduce referrals to specialist services at Staffordshire County Council and other partners by intervening earlier to ensure better long-term outcomes?”

 

The key parts which the APMG had focused on included: improving access to information, training and awareness resources; improving community networks; strengthening members role within communities; building resilience of children and young people and the place-based approach; development of outcomes across the partnership to monitor children’s emotional wellbeing.

 

The Chairman thanked the Cabinet Support Member (CSM) for the report and opened debate.

 

A Member of the Committee commented that a lot of the findings in the report and the recommendations had been made before and would need a lot of partnership commitment to be delivered.  They also asked how health and wellbeing could be promoted when the Children and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) budget had been reduced.  The CSM informed the Committee that the purpose of the report was to reduce the demand on services like CAMHS through for example, better use of early intervention in Children’s Centres.

 

A question was asked on the consultation with the Select Committee and how had the APMG avoided duplication of work.  The CSM responded that one of the recommendations was for better coordination.

 

       The Head of Child Health and Wellbeing informed the Committee that the focus of the work had been early intervention.  She went on to explain the consultation process and the various organisations that had been consulted during the work of the group.

 

       A Member asked why there was no mention of the Governments Prevent agenda and also what the group’s definitions of Well Being and Mental Illness had been.  The CSM informed Members that the group had used national definitions which, with hindsight, should have been in the report for clarity and that the Prevent agenda was aimed at older children and parents.

 

       A question was asked on what leverage the Local Authority had on schools now that they had all become academies, this was with specific reference to the number of recommendations made that involved schools.  Also the Multi Agency Centres (MAC’s) and mini MAC’s had been downgraded and didn’t have the same level of funding as they’d had in the past so how would the recommendations be delivered?  The CSM informed the group that the review had aimed at work with the primaries and nursery schools and that affordability would be the next stage in the review.  He felt that the authority needed to build on what was there now e.g. Children’s Centres, School and communities.  The Head of Child Health and Wellbeing said that Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be submitting a bid, as a trailblazer, to deliver school based mental health provision.  In addition some districts have identified funding form building resilient families for school  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Outcomes of Overview and Scrutiny Work January - June 2018 pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Report of the Chairman of Corporate Review Committee

Minutes:

The Scrutiny and Support Manager presenting the report which gave information on the Select Committees activity over the past six months from January to June 2018.  Following consideration by this Committee the report would be presented to Full Council.

 

A Member asked what the purpose of the report was.  In response it was explained that the report gave members an opportunity to receive a summary of the work of all the Select Committees.

 

A Member asked what debate would be allowed at the Council meeting given that there was no desire for the same scrutiny to be done by a different set of members.  The Scrutiny and Support Manager informed the Committee that he would clarify the ability to question at the Council meeting and inform Members before the next meeting.

 

The possibility of submitting written questions to Full Council on the outcomes report, was discussed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be approved for submission to County Council.

21.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 439 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny and Support Manager presented the Committees work programme report.  The meeting scheduled for the 2 October 2018 had been reserved for any Call-in items. 

 

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) annual review would remain in the work programme until a date was agreed with Stoke on Trent City Council.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

22.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:-

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are exempt)

Minutes:

RESOLVED That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the Paragraphs Part 1 of Schedule 12A Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) indicated below.

 

23.

Exempt Minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2018

Minutes:

RESOLVED: The Committee approved the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2018 as a correct record and were signed by the Chairman.