Agenda and minutes

Children's Partnership Board
Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: LB 31-32 - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

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Esther Akpovi  - Youth Council Representative

Superintendent  Andrea Baxter – Nottinghamshire Police

Helen Blackman – Director of Integrated Children’s Services

Kate Clifford – Southwold Primary School, Primary School representative

Derek Hobbs – Nottingham Emmanuel School, Secondary School representative

Eliza Larmond – Youth Council Representative

Alison Michalska – Corporate Director for Children and Adults

Toni Price – Community Engagement representative, NCC

Sally Seely – Director of Quality and Personalisation NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group.

David Stewart – Headteacher of Oakfield School, Special Schools representative


The Chairs emphasised the importance of attending the Board regularly in order to ensure that the Partnership continued to work successfully.


Declarations of Interests




Minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2018


The minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2018 were confirmed as a true record of were signed by the Chair. There were no matters arising.




CYPP Priority: Empowering Families to be Strong and Achieve Economic Wellbeing pdf icon PDF 337 KB

Report of the Director for Children’s Integrated Services

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Sophie Russell Head of Children’s Strategy and Improvement introduced the report updating the Board on the CYPP Priority – Empowering Families to be Strong and Achieve Economic Wellbeing. Along with Julia Bramble, Service Manager for Early Help Services, and Paul Martin, Family Intervention Programme Manager she gave a presentation highlighting the following information:


(a)  The Priority Families programme continues to run on target and delivers significant and sustained outcomes for those involved. The Programme in Nottingham City compares well against other local authorities;


(b)  The programme has been self-assessed as secure/developing with strong partnership links and partner case holding;


(c)  There are developing links with around work on SEND and exclusion with a pilot currently taking place to provide early help to families looking at reducing exclusions. This is in the early stages but is showing some positive results;


(d)  Since the last time the Parenting Strategy was discussed at this Board there have been some changes which will affect how the programmes are delivered to parents, these include the Youth at Risk strategy and the Best Start Integration between Early Help services and CityCare;


(e)  A range of group and one-to-one parenting programmes are facilitated by Early Help Services including Peers Early Educational Partnership (PEEP) , Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P), New Forest Parenting Programme (NFPP), Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), ADHD Adolescents, and CSE parent workshops. The group programmes have reached over 448 families to date;


(f)  Parents who have participated in the programmes have reported improved self-confidence, increase in positive behaviours reduced parent stress and many other benefits;


(g)  70% of families who have received these parenting interventions have not since had further social work intervention;


(h)  Over the next 12 months there will be work taking place to develop links with Community Protection and providing parenting support to emerging communities along with trauma informed practice, partnership assessment and recording on Liquid Logic, workforce development and planning for post 2020 and the end of the priority families programme.


Following questions and comments from the Board the following further information was given:


(i)  There is a move to link into schools and bespoke programmes can be arranged for specific age groups, particularly for young parents;


(j)  There is training being rolled out around trauma informed practice which has a generic day and a day specifically tailored to the organisation;




(1)  Note the content of the report; and


(2)  Support the development of a citywide Parenting Strategy to ensure consistency and clarity of offer to families.


Partner Update: Futures pdf icon PDF 585 KB

Update from Chief Executive of Futures


John Yarham, Chief Executive of Futures Advice, Skills and Employment gave a presentation to the Board updating them on recent activities within the organisation. He highlighted the following points:


(a)  Futures is a not for profit organisation, set up around 20 years ago and is owned by Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils. It’s historic focus has been supporting young people from school into education, training or employment;


(b)  There has been a move to commercialisation to supplement income, this includes schools buying in days of careers advice, and grant funding streams.


(c)  The European social fund grant has allowed Futures to develop a programme of work for vulnerable adults integrating mental health work, and a specific programme to work with young people with SEND including specialist support of families around post 16 options;


(d)  Levels of young people not in education, employment or training in Nottingham City compare favourably to other major cities. Traditionally these figures do not include those young people within the Youth Justice System, or those not available for work for other reasons;


(e)  Futures workers are embedded in partner organisations and despite challenges and cuts relationships with schools remain positive.


During discussion it was raised that following GCSE results it is not clear to young people and their families the options available if they do not achieve the results that they require to go on to do ‘A’ levels. The Board agreed that more promotion of vocational courses was needed.


RESOLVED to thank John Yarham for the presentation and to note its content.


Annual Report From Teenage Pregnancy Task Force pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health

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Marie Cann-Livingstone, Teenage Pregnancy Specialist and Lead Commissioning Manager introduced the annual update on reducing unplanned teenage pregnancy in Nottingham to the Board. She highlighted the following points:


(a)  There is a significant correlation between teenage pregnancy and deprivation. Teenage pregnancy rates in the 10% most deprived wards of the country are four times higher than the least 10% deprived wards.


(b)  The figures used in compiling this report are the most up to date figures and cover the whole year of 2016.  They show a downward trend in teenage pregnancy rates in England as a whole as well as in Nottingham, with the gap between Nottingham’s rate and the England average narrowing. 


(c)  Equality in access to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a focus in Nottingham with nearly three quarters of our schools now signed up to the RSE Charter. The remaining schools are being contacted directly to encourage their participation.


(d)  Another key piece of work taking place is a piece of research to understand long-acting reversible contraception and condom use.


Following questions and comments the following information was given:


(e)  The C-Card provider has not changed and C-Card is still being delivered.




(1)  Note the actions, progress and risks outlined in the report published with the agenda on the teenage pregnancy priority of the Children and Young People’s Plan 2016-20; and


(2)  Identify where partners are able to support the achievement of the teenage pregnancy priorities within the Teenage Pregnancy Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Chapter.



Childhood Obesity pdf icon PDF 424 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health 

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Dr David Johns, Speciality Registrar in Public Health presented the report on childhood obesity to the Board. He highlighted the following points:


(a) In Nottingham 1 in four children start school as either overweight or obese. This increases to 40% by the end of year 6.


(b)  As is seen nationally, the more deprived areas of Nottingham see a higher rate of children being overweight or obese than the most affluent areas which compounds health inequalities further;


(c) There are significant strides nationally to tackle obesity. The latest update of the Childhood Obesity Plan aims to consult on actions around food labelling (including out of home food outlets), reductions in the sugar content of foods, and further restrictions on the advertising and price promotion of certain foods;


(d)   There have been talks with Public Health England who have agreed to give Nottingham City Council early access to resources being designed to support a whole system approach. The whole system approach has recently gained support from the Nottingham City Health and Wellbeing Board for tackling adult obesity;


(e) There is a recognised need to look beyond just commissioning services which focus on individual behaviour and to instead think differently about the way we work as a system to tackle the wider determinants of poor nutrition and physical activity;


(f) The whole system approach will be based on work between PHE and Leeds Beckett University who have created a “road map” starting with system leadership, mapping the local causes of childhood obesity and going on to develop actions together as a system. The system map and priorities will need to be sense checked by the communities that will use them;


Following questions and comments the following information was given:


(g) The proposed approach to work involves all areas of the City Council, to ensure a holistic approach to tackling childhood obesity. There are many areas that can contribute to the work to tackle it including the built environment.




(1) Acknowledge the content of the report and the need for a system wide approach to reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity;


(2) Support and attend the initial exploration of a whole system approach for “Eating and Moving for Health”; and


(3) Create a multi-disciplinary working group to lead on a whole system approach going forward


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Board to note upcoming items


 RESOLVED to note the contents for the forward plan