Children and Young People's Services Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 7th January, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: Virtual meeting with restricted public access

Contact: Ann Little on 033 022 22654  Email:


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10.30 am


Declarations of Interests

Members and officers must declare any pecuniary or personalinterest in any business on the agenda. They should also make declarations at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting. Consideration should be given to leaving the meeting if the nature of the interest warrants it.  If in doubt please contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

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10.32 am


Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 180 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November (attached, cream paper).

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10.37 am


Urgent Matters

Items not on the agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances, including cases where the Committee needs to be informed of budgetary or performance issues affecting matters within its terms of reference, which have emerged since the publication of the agenda.




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10.39 am


Responses to Recommendations pdf icon PDF 188 KB

The Committee is asked to note the responses to the recommendations made at the 5 November 2020 meeting from:


a)   The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

b)   The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

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10.49 am


Children First Improvement Update pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Report by Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning.


The report updates the Committee on the developments and progress made in the Children First Programme since its last update in November.

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Early Help Redesign pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Report by Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning.


The report outlines the proposals for a new Early Help Service model and the proposed plans for consultation and engagement. 

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The Committee will adjourn for a 30-minute break.

1.34 pm


Strategic Budget Savings - Pre decision scrutiny pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Report by Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning.


The Committee is invited to consider any strategic savings proposals relevant to its portfolio area and to examine how and when scrutiny of those proposals can best be achieved in light of plans and timelines indicated (reports to follow in early January). 


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2.14 pm


West Sussex Reset Plan and Key Performance Indicators pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Report by Chief Executive.


The Committee is asked to consider the Draft Reset Plan and Key Performance Indicators relevant to the portfolio area, as set out in the appendices (to follow).


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2.49 pm


Work Programme Planning and Possible Items for Future Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 104 KB

The Committee is asked to review its current draft work programme for the remainder of the County Council term.  The work programme attached reflects the outcome of discussions at the committee’s Business Planning Group meeting on 23 November 2020.


The Committee is asked to review the Forward Plan entries relevant to its remit (Appendix A) and mention any items which they believe to be of relevance to the business of the Scrutiny Committee.  If any member puts forward an item for scrutiny, the Committee’s role at this meeting is to assess, briefly, whether to refer the matter to its Business Planning Group (BPG) to consider in detail).


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2.54 pm


Requests for Call-In

There have been no requests for call-in to the Scrutiny Committee and within its constitutional remit since the date of the last meeting.  The Director of Law and Assurance will report any requests since the publication of the agenda papers.

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2.59 pm


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 10 March 2021 at 10.30 am at County Hall, Chichester.  Probable agenda items include:


·       Themed Session on Inclusion

·       Children First Improvement Programme Update


Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 26 February 2021.


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