Minutes

Children and Families Cabinet Member - Tuesday 9th February 2021

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment/Re-Appointment of Local Authority School Governors

Minutes:

16      APPOINTMENT/RE-APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS - The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking the re-appointment of suitable candidates to serve as a local authority (LA) governor on the governing body of various schools and the appointment of suitable candidates to serve  on the governing bodies of John Harrison CE Primary School and Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School.

 

Governing bodies were the key strategic decision-making body for schools. It was the governing body’s role to set a school’s strategic framework and to ensure that all statutory duties were met.  The Department for Education identified three main duties, which were:

 

·       ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

·       holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

·       overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money was well spent

 

Local authority governors must have:

 

·       an interest in the future education and wellbeing of all children

·       the skills and desire to make a difference

·       a willingness to accept responsibility

·       an ability to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn

·       time and commitment to undertake governor duties

·       a commitment to fulfil the Nolan principles which related to Standards in Public Life.

 

When a LA governor vacancy occurred, the relevant governing body identified the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that would be required of the successful candidate(s).   All potential applicants (including re-appointments) were required to complete an application form identifying their skills, knowledge and experience.   The LA nominated suitable candidates to the school and the governing body decided whether the nominee met their requirements.  The governing body may choose to reject or appoint the candidate accordingly.

 

Resolved – (a) That the proposal to nominate for re-appointment to the governing bodies of Bowmandale Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School and The Trentside Federation, the applicants detailed in Appendix 1, Table 2 to the report, be approved, and (b) that the proposal to nominate for appointment to the governing bodies of John Harrison CE Primary School and Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School, the applicants detailed in Appendix 1, Table 3 to the report, be approved.

2.

Early Years Dedicated Schools Grant Funding 2021/2022

Minutes:

17      EARLY YEARS DEDICATED SCHOOL GRANT FUNDING 2021/2022 – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking consideration of the proposed unit values for the 2021-2022 funding formula for providers of Early Education to two, three and four year olds.

 

The council had a statutory duty to provide up to a maximum of 15 hours funded early education for 38 weeks of the year for all three and four-year olds in North Lincolnshire, and an additional extended 15 hours for children of working parents that met an eligibility criteria.

 

Two-year olds could claim up to 15 funded hours of early education for 38 weeks of the year where their family circumstances made them eligible.  To meet the criteria families must be eligible for free school meals or be in receipt of Universal Credit/tax credits and have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax.  Or where a child was currently or previously looked after by a council.

 

The Education and Skills Funding Agency published operational guidance annually, outlining the arrangements to help councils and their Schools Forums plan the local implementation of the early year’s national funding formula for the forthcoming financial year.

 

Councils determined their own local formula that met the requirements of statutory guidance in consultation with the Schools Forum.  Early years’ providers received funding based on participation of individual children each term.

 

Resolved – That the use of the formula factors and values, as set out in paragraph 3.3 of the report, be approved.

3.

Managing Allegations Against People Who Work with Children Annual Report 2019/20

Minutes:

18      MANAGING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN ANNUAL REPORT 2019/20 – The Director: Children and Community Resilience submitted a report presenting the Managing Allegations Against People Who Work with Children Annual Report 2019/20.

 

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) post sat within the Independent Reviewing Service alongside two Child Protection Conference Chairs, four Reviewing Officers and a Service Manager who were qualified Social Workers with significant safeguarding backgrounds and experience.

 

The LADO’s duties were outlined in statutory government guidance Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018 and set out in the Children’s Multi Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS) Managing Allegations Against People Who Work with Children policy and procedures.    

 

The work of the LADO included providing advice and guidance to professionals and agencies where they had concerns about a person working in a position of trust with children and young people.  The LADO provided oversight and coordination of allegations against people who worked with children, as well as advice and guidance to agencies, to ensure that they were dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.

 

The annual report provided an overview of the activity and impact of the LADO function in the year 2019-20. This included an analysis of the allegations reported to the LADO, including the responses and outcomes. Finally, the report identified strengths and learning, making recommendations aimed at further strengthening of the system to help ensure children remained safe in professional and organisational settings. Significant progress had already been made in implementing the recommendations set out in the annual report, including the delivery of several briefings and training events.

 

The report provided information to the MARS (Multi Agency Resilience and Safeguarding) Board to assist in its role in ensuring the effectiveness of the MARS Managing Allegations against People Who Work with Children policy and procedures in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and in maintaining a safe workforce.

 

The report set out key highlights included in the annual report.

 

Resolved – That the Managing Allegations Against People Who Work with Children Annual Report 2019/20 be received and noted.

4.

The Cygnets Short Breaks Children's Home - Statement of Purpose

Minutes:

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 19 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

19      THE CYGNETS SHORT BREAKS CHILDREN’S HOME – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking approval of the revised Statement of Purpose for The Cygnets Short Breaks Children’s Home.

 

All Children’s Homes were required to develop and keep under review a Statement of Purpose, indicating how the home provided individualised care to meet the quality standards for the children in their care.

 

The Statement of Purpose was reviewed annually, or at times of significant change. The current Statement of Purpose had been reviewed twice since March 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Resolved – That the changes made to The Cygnets Short Breaks Children’s Home Statement of Purpose, be approved.