Agenda and minutes

Joint Education and Learning & Social Services Scrutiny Committee (Safeguarding)
Thursday, 8th October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: virtually via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contact: Democratic Services  6011

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting, a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G. Collier, C. Meredith, M. Moore, G. Paulsen and T. Sharrem

 

Co-opted Member

Alun Williams

3.

Declarations of Interests and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interests and dispensations made.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

4.

Joint Education & Learning and Social Services Scrutiny Committee (Safeguarding) Minutes pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Joint Education & Learning and Social Services Scrutiny Committee (Safeguarding) held on 2nd December, 2019.

 

(Please note the Minutes are submitted for points of accuracy only)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Joint Education & Learning and Social Services Scrutiny Committee (Safeguarding) Meeting held on 2nd December, 2019 were submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

5.

Action Sheet - 2nd December 2019 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the meeting of the Joint Education & Learning and Social Services Scrutiny Committee (Safeguarding) held on 2nd December, 2019 was submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the action sheet be noted.

6.

Time of Future Meetings

To consider.

Minutes:

The Committee AGREED that future meetings be held at 10.00 a.m.

7.

360 degree Safe Online Safety Policy for Schools pdf icon PDF 420 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director of Education which presented the 360 Degree Safe Cymru Online Safety Policy for schools and sought Members’ views on the policy template prior to the adoption of the model policy for schools.

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1, namely:

 

·        that the Welsh Government ‘Keeping Safe Online’ link be forwarded to parents; and

·        the policy be recommended for approval by the Executive Committee.

8.

Local Government Education Services Safeguarding Policy pdf icon PDF 493 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education and the Safeguarding in Education Manager which was presented to provide Members with the opportunity to scrutinise the Local Government Education Services Safeguarding Policy following its annual review.

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1, namely that the draft policy as presented in Appendix 1 be accepted.

9.

Safeguarding Performance Information for Social Services – 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 pdf icon PDF 598 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Social Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Social Services and Service Manager, Children’s Services which was presented to provide scrutiny Members with safeguarding performance information and analysis from Children’s Social Services from 1st April 2019 to the 31st March 2020.

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 2; namely

 

·        that the briefing note, on reasons why the Education Directorate had been unable to provide performance information to be included in this report at this time be accepted; and

·        a report on the safeguarding extract from the Self Evaluation be prepared for a future meeting.

10.

Adult Safeguarding Report 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 pdf icon PDF 482 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Social Services.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Director of Social Services which was presented to provide Scrutiny Members with Safeguarding Performance information relating to Adult Services from 1st January 2020 to the 31st March 2020 for the 4th quarter of the financial year and also the information of the financial year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 2; namely that Members accept the report as provided.