Our Current Investigations
End of Year Summary 2017/18
Over the year the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee has continued to focus on scrutinising the actions being taken to improve children’s services. In January 2018, the Committee considered the key findings from Ofsted’s report, dated December 2017, on the re-inspection of Manchester’s services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers. The Committee welcomed the progress made so far (as the service had improved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ with some ‘good’ elements), while also recognising the need for further work to continue to improve. The Committee considered Ofsted’s recommendations for further improvement and continues to monitor how the Council is implementing these.
The Committee re-established the Ofsted Subgroup, which, in addition to considering issues arising from the Ofsted inspection of children’s services, also considered Ofsted inspection reports for schools, children’s centres, daycare providers and children’s homes. The Subgroup also carried out visits to a number of Manchester schools and day care providers with the aim of sharing good practice. Their meeting papers can be accessed here.
The Committee also re-established the Road Safety Around Schools Task and Finish Group, in conjunction with the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee, which will report back to both Committees in the new municipal year on its recommendations to improve road safety around schools. Their meeting papers can be accessed here.
During the year, the Committee has considered a number of reports on school admissions and work to ensure school place sufficiency, in the light of the growing school-age population in the city. In September and October 2017, the Committee considered proposals for a new school, including hearing from members of the public with concerns about its proposed location and from the external company which had carried out an independent review of the site. The Committee asked the Interim Director of Education to further explore the option of increasing capacity at existing secondary schools and approved new Free Schools, shared their concerns on the suitability of the proposed site and questioned officers on how the issues raised could be addressed.
In February 2018, the Committee considered a report on school exclusions, including data on how Manchester compares with other local authority areas and steps being taken to address this issue. The Committee has decided to visit schools which are successful in preventing pupils from being excluded in order to identify good practice.
At its February 2018 meeting, the Committee also received a report on the employment of children. Members expressed concern that some children could be working illegally and recommended that the Council carry out a social media campaign to raise awareness of the legislation relating to child employment.
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.
If there's an issue you want to contribute to, let us know. You can either send a written contribution to email@example.com or you can attend a meeting and ask the Chair if you can speak. You can also suggest a topic for us to look into by filling in our 'suggestions form.'
If you want to speak to somebody about contributing to the committee, please call our scrutiny support officer on 0161 234 3071 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Children and Young People 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.