Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee's Investigations

Our Current Investigations

End of Year Summary 2016/17

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.  The Committee has considered a number of aspects of this including the quality of social work practice and social worker capacity.  The Committee supported recommendations for increased investment in children's services and continues to monitor the impact of this investment, and the improvement plan, on children's services.

In June, following a recommendation from a member of the public, the Committee looked into the reasons for the variations in term dates between different schools within Manchester, as well as with those in neighbouring authorities.  The Committee considered the legislative framework and the current approach to setting term dates and discussed what action could be taken.  The Committee recommended a number of actions to better align school calendars from 2018/2019 and requested a progress report on this within 12 months.

The Committee considered the budget savings options for the next three years in relation to children's services and made a number of recommendations which were taken into account when the decisions were taken on the final budget proposals.  During a discussion on the funding of school crossing patrols, Members held a wider discussion around road safety around schools and decided this issue required further work and consideration. Members decided to establish a task and finish group, in conjunction with the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee, which would consider this issue in more detail and make recommendations to improve road safety around schools. 

The Committee also re-established the Ofsted Subgroup, which considered Ofsted Inspection Reports for schools, children's centres, daycare providers  and children's homes and carried out visits to a number of Manchester schools with the aim of sharing good practice.  Their meeting papers can be accessed here.

21/06/2016 - School Calendar

Following a recommendation from a member of the public, the Committee looked into the reasons for the variations in term dates between different schools within Manchester, as well as with those in neighbouring authorities.  The Committee considered the legislative framework and the current approach to setting term dates and discussed what action could be taken.  The Committee recommended a number of actions to better align school calendars from 2018/2019 and requested a progress report on this within 12 months.

Get Involved

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 scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk 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 scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk

The Role of the Committee

Councillor Julie Reid

 "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.


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