Agenda and draft minutes

Corporate Parenting Board
Monday, 16th March, 2020 2.30 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Mark Leavesley  Governance Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Councillor Heaton      -  work

Councillor Langton    -  personal

Councillor Jackson      )

Councillor Watson      )  unwell

Councillor Woodward   )


Declarations of Interests




Minutes pdf icon PDF 964 KB

Last meeting held on 20 January 2020 (for confirmation)


The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2020 as a true record and the Chair signed them.


Reducing Offending Behaviour pdf icon PDF 380 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Integrated Services


Natalie Pink, Case Manager, Leaving Care Service, presented the report, which updated the Committee on the 2018/19 data for reducing offending behaviour and the activity of Children in Care Police Officers and the Leaving Care Service Case Manager, and highlighted a review of the joint City/County Multi-agency Protocol to reduce the criminalisation of children in care, in response to the publication of the National Protocol in November 2018.


In response to questions, Natalie also stated that:


·  the City was currently 21st out of 155 authorities nationally;


·  Helen Blackman Chairs MASE (Multi-agency Sexual Exploitation), and it has previously done work to address how/why sexual exploitation is happening, including a 10-point checklist and a screening tool, both of which are very successful at identifying potential victims.


The Committee thanked Natalie for her attendance and noted the report.


The Health of Children in Care of the Local Authority 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Report of Nichola Branhall, Nottingham City CCG

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Kathryn Higgins and Melanie Bracewell, respectively Designated Nurse and Doctor for Children in Care, NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), presented the report, which included the third CCG Annual Looked After Children Report (2018/19).


In response to questions from the Committee, the following was stated:


·  ‘Out of Area’ (OOA) children have a person designated to that individual’s case, and they will lead on communication between the agencies/authorities concerned to ensure health assessments are completed;


·  a standardised ‘transition’ system is currently being worked on so that it is the same across City and County;


·  in respect of sexual health, it is a statutory requirement for authorities and both female and male children are signposted to all appropriate services when required.


The Committee noted:


(1)  that health providers and designated professionals will continue to work with the:


(a)  Service Improvement forum and associated Working Groups to improve the health outcomes for Children in Care;


(b)  local authority and other partner agencies and commissioners in planning, and ensuring, that adequate health provision is available for care leavers;

(2)  that revised CCG pathways for OOA placements, and other local authority placements in the city, were implemented from 2019.


Independent Reviewing Service Annual Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Integrated Services

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Clive Chambers, Head of Children in Care, and John Matravers, Strategic Lead for Safeguarding, presented the report, which summarised the work of the Independent Reviewing Service during the year 2018/19. They also gave a more detailed presentation to the Committee, a copy of which is appended to these minutes.


In response to a question, John stated that quality of service is measured in numerous ways, such as by internal and external audits and feedback from partners, children in the system and other agencies.


The Committee noted the report.


The Children's Society: Independent Advocacy Annual Report 2020 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Report of Director of Children's Integrated Services

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Gabriel Hall, Children’s Society Area Manager, and Alison Smith, Advocacy Service Manager, presented the report, which included a copy of the ‘Independent Advocacy Annual Report 2019’ for the Committee’s information.


In response to a question, Gabriel stated that the number of residential visits each quarter is affected by the distance of the placement area and, therefore travel time / number of visits possible each day / week.


The Committee noted the report.


Independent Visitor Service – CGL formerly Sova pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Integrated Services

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Clive Chambers, Head of Safeguarding and Quality Assurance, presented the report (including the 2018/19 End of Year Report), updating the Committee on the Independent Visitor Service, which had recently seen SOVA merging with ‘Change, Grow, Live’ (CGL) to form a larger, more focussed service provider.


The Committee noted the report.


Children in Care update

Engagement and Participation Lead Officer to report


Jordan Whatman, Project Officer, Children in Care, updated the Committee as follows:


·  the Children In Care Council scheduled to take place on 30 March has been postponed due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus;


·  ‘Mind of My Own’, an instant messaging app designed for children in care, and the ‘Unlock Project’, raising aspirations within the Virtual School, were due to be discussed and these items will be rearranged for a future session, hopefully before the summer break;


·  items also due to be explored with the group, prior to the summer holidays, include a workshop with the CCG around physical health and wellbeing, a recruitment and marketing workshop with CGL Independent Visitor service, and a trip to Lincoln to collaborate with their Children In Care Council.


The Committee noted the update.


Forward Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

For discussion


The Committee noted the proposed forward plan.


Date of next meeting

To note a provisional date of Monday 01 June 2020 for the first meeting of municipal year 2020/21


The Committee noted the proposed next meeting date of 01 June 2020.