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Corporate Parent Committee
13 Jul 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
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Agenda

Standard Items
1 Apologies for Absence
   
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Dhami and Debbie Gabriel.
2 Urgent Matters
Any urgent matters that the Chair has agreed should be considered at the meeting.
   
There were none.
3 Matters to be Considered in Private
    
There were none.
4 Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest made by members.
   
There were none.
5 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 27th April 2017.
    
RESOLVED: 
That the minutes of the meeting held on 27th April 2017 be agreed as a true and correct record. 
6 Update from Junior Council
Verbal Update
  
A, a Young People Representative, introduced this item. The Junior Council had recently enjoyed their end of year tea party, where they had made food and cakes, and homemade bunting which represented each member. At the party they were able to thank their carers, and handed out certificates for their achievements in the past year. Three members of the Junior Council were in Year 6 and would therefore be moving on after the summer break, but would join the Corporate Kids Club. A had really enjoyed being a Junior Council member for the past year and it had been a great opportunity. The highlights were the memory folders that the Junior Council created and their appearance on the front cover of ‘WhoCares? Trust’ magazine. It was hoped next year would be just as successful for Junior Council.

The Committee thanked A for the great presentation. 
7 Feedback from the Horizons ShoutOut Forum
Verbal Update
   
L, the Chair of HSC, introduced this item. The HSC was now on its summer break, and members were assisting on other projects like the ME Project, the CKC and volunteering on trips. Members were dedicated and committed, and understood the value of staying informed and having an active role in decisions. There was a good summer programme in place, including a Horizons Enterprise programme and training for care leavers. The HSC was working with companies like the National Theatre and Kew Gardens to find volunteering and work experience opportunities for Young People. A lot of companies had really good outreach programmes and were always interested in the concept of Horizons. The Committee was urged to contact Gary Odle or Cheryl Campbell if they knew of or could offer any volunteering or work experience opportunities for Young People.

The Committee thanked L for her great presentation and thanked the HSC for their valuable work. 
8 My Education Mentors Project Update
Verbal Update
   
Z, a Young Persons Representative and Lead Mentor, introduced this item along with H, a Mentor. The summer term had started with a presentation skills workshop led by broadcaster Rob Butler. Everybody worked on their skills and gave a 5 minute presentation about something important to them, before everybody gave each other feedback. Recently, there had also been a cooking session, a session on identities and culture, where everybody painted personalised crockery. The vision boards project was ongoing. There had also been sports and dance sessions, a mentor-led session by H on online safety which was important for older and younger children, and a trip for bowling and pizza at the end of term. The online safety session could also be turned into a workshop for Leaving Care workers and social workers.

Z updated the Committee on the outreach sessions she had done at schools. Z would be carrying on as Lead Mentor next year, adding that she felt she had learnt and developed many skills and enjoyed working with Young People. The Committee gave thanks to Z for her excellent work as Lead Mentor and for continuing as Lead Mentor in the next year. Ealing had recently won an MJ award for its Leaving Care services and L and Z had presented to the judges panels before the award. Officers gave formal thanks to Gary Odle and to L and Z for their contributions to the recent MJ award.

The Committee thanked Z and H for their great presentation, and congratulated officers on the MJ award. 
(Executive Director, Children, Adults and Public Health)
   
Please note the revised version published which includes corrected figures.
  
Sue Tarry (Teacher/Adviser, LAC Education Team) introduced this report, informing Members of the progress against targets for attainment in the public exams summer 2017 for LAC in Year 11, updating Members on the current performance at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 and Post 16, and providing a brief overview of the academic performance in other key stages. The focus was on the Virtual School Head Teacher’s Annual Report, which was attached as an appendix to the report. The priorities for the Virtual School focussed on children who had been in care for a year or more, and aimed to improve outcomes by using data, and improve the quality of Personal Education Plans. This had moved forward well, and plans were in place to further develop SEN provision and the Pupil Premium Grant. 

Results at the end of Key Stages 2 and 4 were better than the London and national LAC averages in all areas. These were set out on pages 7, 8 and 9 of the appendix. Ealing’s LAC attendance was the same as the Ealing schools average in 2015/16, but was slightly down on the previous year. Ofsted had been impressed by Ealing’s work on attendance during their recent inspection. Exclusion numbers were lower than the London and national LAC averages, and there were no permanent exclusions in 2015/16. The Pupil Premium Grant spends had been analysed for 74 provision plans, 56 from Primary Schools and 18 from High Schools. Of the 56 Primary pupils analysed, there was clear evidence in 33 cases that the Pupil Premium spend had had an impact on results. Recommendations and an action plan were in place for the next year. Full results from summer 2017 exams would be reported at the next meeting.

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.
 
(Executive Director, Children, Adults and Public Health)
   
Marcella Phelan (Assistant Director, Planning, Commissioning and Partnerships) introduced this report, updating Members on the progress in implementing the Brighter Futures programme between April 2017 and June 2017. The report also highlighted that following the successful 2 year pilot, the model had now been rolled out across Children’s Services. The programme had been running for 2 years having started in June 2015. This report could be the last one in the current format, as the Brighter Futures programme had been successfully rolled out and embedded across Children’s Services, and was now considered business as usual. An implementation update was provided in paragraph 3.11 of the report. The original grant had been for £3.5million, and the Council had invested further funding from its innovation fund to enable the programme to transition to the whole service. As a result the new model meant social workers had smaller caseloads, better relationships with families and more expert support. The model aimed to prevent more children coming into care.

The Brighter Futures model underpinned the wider Future Ealing programme, focussing on new ways of working with better use of data and resources and better outcomes. At the end of May 2017, LAC numbers were at 347, down from 371 at the start of the year and the lowest it had been for a decade. More intensive working was helping families and the programme longer term would improve financial sustainability. The department had put in a bid for funding for another project, relating to adolescents with complex mental health needs. This bid had been successful and £1.6m of funding had been secured across 2 years to adopt a similar approach to Brighter Futures. If a multi-agency approach could be implemented it could hypothetically save on other costs, and if successful this model would be considered for rolling out across the ESCAN service. 

The department was continuing its work with community groups to attract foster carers. In 2016/17 10 new foster carers were approved with 7 more undergoing assessment. The new website for the fostering service had gone live in June. Traffic was being monitored and would be reviewed in 3-6 months.

RESOLVED: 
That Members note the progress on the Brighter Futures programme during 2016/17, and note that following extensive consultation, from 18th April 2017 the programme was extended across the wider social care service. 
(Executive Director, Children, Adults and Public Health)
   
Judith Finlay introduced this report, providing information on complaints for Looked After children for the period 1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017. During the period there were 12 Stage 1 complaints made by or in respect of Looked After Children, compared to 3 for the same period in 2016. Of the 12 Stage 1 complaints made, 6 were not upheld. All complaints received were responded to within the required timescales. There were no complaints that proceeded to a Stage 2 Complaint or Stage 3 Complaint Review during this reporting period.

RESOLVED: That the report be noted. 
(Assistant Director, Children and Families)
   
Judith Finlay introduced this report, providing a brief analysis on the April 2017 and May 2017 performance, and an updated April 2016 – May 2017 provisional performance for children looked after and care leavers. As at 31st May 2017 there were 347 children and young people were looked after by Ealing, down from 379 at the same time last year. This represented the lowest number of children looked after in 10 years. Good or satisfactory progress was being made on all indicators. Ealing’s provisional performance in 2016/17 was 15.1%, an improvement from 15.7% reported last year. Performance was below the national and statistical neighbours’ average of 17.9% and 15.2% respectively, where good performance is typified by a lower percentage.

RESOLVED: That the report be noted. 
13 Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 19th October 2017.
   
The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 19th October 2017.
Feedback from the Corporate Kids Club
R, T and N, Young People Representatives, introduced this item. At its last workshop, the Junior Horizons Shoutout Council had been renamed the Corporate Kids Club, following a vote. The group had reaffirmed their aims and objectives and planned to design and print t-shirts with the new name. The CKC aimed to provide support and help Young People. The group worked together to establish a code of conduct for members. Rules for meetings included being focussed and respectful, no swearing and no mobile phones. The CKC’s last session had been on 8th July, where they had worked on a newsletter to be sent out to Young People in the CKC age group (11-15), aiming to keep them up to date and informed about the CKC, as well as highlighting debates, discussions, events and programmes. The CKC also wanted to produce flyers and start a blog for their work. The group had already done a lot but had even bigger plans for their summer programme, including trips.

The Committee thanked R, T and N for their great presentation and congratulated the CKC on their hard work so far and their great efforts to reach Out of Borough Young People. 

Attendance

Name
No other member attendance information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for Sending ApologySubstituted By
Councillor Tejinder Dhami Councillor Mohammad Aslam
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No absentee information has been recorded for the meeting.

Declarations of Interests

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