Our Current Investigations
Over the next couple of months the Committee will be looking at the following areas of work:
- Social Work
- Ofsted Inspection outcome
- Attainment and Attendance
31/07/14 – Early Years
In July the Committee received a report on proposals for the management and organisation of Manchester’s Sure Start Children’s Centres, including the responses to a consultation exercise. The Committee was asked to comment on the proposals before the report was submitted to the Executive for a final decision. Members were reassured to hear that spending on universal services for under-fives was not being reduced and, overall, supported the recommendations in the report. However, they were concerned that the information in the report did not fully reflect all the responses from the consultation exercise. The Committee asked for more information on the consultation exercise to be provided to the Executive to ensure that the views expressed by Manchester residents were fully taken into account when taking the decision. The Executive considered the Committee’s comments and the additional information provided and agreed to implement the proposals.
8/04/2014 - 2013/14
During the year, the Young People and Children Scrutiny Committee has continued to examine a wide range of issues which affect children and young people in Manchester. As Council services undergo significant change, the Committee has considered proposed changes in a number of areas, including Looked After Children Commissioning and Early Years services, and has agreed to continue to monitor the implementation of these proposals. Members discussed in detail the introduction of Multi-Systemic Therapy, identifying areas of concern and agreed with council officers how the effectiveness of the therapy would be monitored.
The Committee was consulted on the development of a new strategy on school governance and made a number of recommendations, including amendments to the job description and person specification for school governors. The Committee has also looked at a range of safeguarding issues, including child trafficking, female genital mutilation and improvements to social work practice in Manchester .
The Ofsted Subgroup has continued to consider Ofsted inspection reports for Manchester schools and its remit has been widened to include Ofsted inspections of children’s centres and daycare providers and of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement.
7/01/2014 - School Places
In January the Committee received a report which provided an update on proposals to increase the number of school places. Members praised the huge amount of work that was taking place to increase school places across all year groups and locations within Manchester. We were pleased to hear that planned housing developments were taken into account when forecasting population growth. We were also pleased to hear that the Council is committed to only using school buildings to deliver education. We recommended that plans be finalised to further increase school places, including places for children with special educational needs, and asked for regular updates so that we can monitor progress.
5/11/2013 - Co-opted Members - Teacher Representatives
The Committee has a number elected co-opted members who support councillors to scrutinise local education issues. Nominations have recently been requested for the Teacher Representative posts. One nomination was received for the Secondary Sector post from the existing member Liam Duffy and he will be re-appointed. Three nominations were received for the Primary Sector post and an election was held, the results of which were as follows: Phillip Hughes (Crab Lane Community Lane Primary School) 35 votes, Jayne Stoba (St Lukes Primary School) 38 votes, Marian Gadian (Sensory Support Service (Lancasterian Special School) 48 votes. Total electorate - 2217, total votes cast 155 (received by the deadline), total number of rejected ballots 33. In December, we will welcome Marian Gadian and Liam Duffy who are the existing members and have been re-appointed to take over this role for the next two years.
16/07/2013 - School Governance
Members were pleased to hear more about the fantastic work of school governors in July. The Council was in the first stages of its new strategy and wanted members views. School Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country, and the Council wants to ensure that Manchester has high quality governance and governors, with a broad range of skills. Members were told how the partnership with the Manchester Schools Alliance and the Strategic Education Partnership would help with this. Members offered some useful contributions to the strategy and recommended changes to the job description and person specification for local authority governors.
To find out more information have a look at our full work programme. This includes what topics we will be looking at, what specific issues we will be considering and who we will be hearing from. Please bear in mind that the programme is continually updated, and so dates and agenda items may change from those listed in the programme.
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The Role of the Committee
"As members of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, we challenge the Council and other public services to make sure that they give young people in Manchester every chance to live happy, fulfilling and successful lives. We have discussions with these organisations and use our experience of representing children and parents in our wards to recommend to them how they can ensure their services meet your needs.
Our areas of interest include education, looked after children, social care for children, provision for under 5's, disabled children, special educational needs and activities and facilities for young people.
Through this page you'll be able to keep in touch with what we've been doing and find out what we'll be investigating over the next few months and how you can get involved" - Councillor Julie Reid, Chair of the Young People and Children Scrutiny Committee.
Find Out More
- You can read our agenda, minutes and reports here, as well as find future meeting dates.
- You can find out who's a member of the Committee here.