Venue: Mandela room
Contact: Susie Blood
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for Absence were received and recorded.
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.
of the Corporate Parenting Board held on 29 November 2022.
Kathy Peacock, Voice and Influence Manager will
be in attendance to provide an update to the Board.
welcomed Kathy Peacock, Voice and Influence Manager and Adam Hart, CAMHS / HeadStart Business
Administrator Apprentice who were in attendance to provide the standard item
update relating to activities of our care experienced young people from 29
November 2022- 11 January 2023.
Adam firstly advised that the children in
care council ‘CICC’, had now been renamed and were now called ‘We matter’. Over
the next few months ‘we matter’ would discuss the calendar for the year as well
as discussing further opportunities to get involved with the Corporate
Between 29 November 2022- 11 January 2023,
the team had:
Christmas party on 22 December 2022 which was attended by 35 children and young
people and 30 carers. Virtual schools provided the entertainment and the
service would like to thank councillors who kindly donated the selection boxes.
These were distributed to the children/ young people and also taken to the
- During one of the session our young people discussed ideas on what would
be fun to invite other care experienced young people to. Ideas included for
example: Information Brunch, Flamingo Land, York, Ice Skating, Laser Tag, Go
Karting, Pamper days, Basic First Aid, Boxing, Mindfulness, Motivational speakers,
Cooking, Football events, Athletics, Survival techniques, Picnic, Easter hunt
and Achievement night.
- The Independent Reviewing Officer Manager was invited to our meeting on
13 December 2022. We talked about how to make Looked after reviews fun and the
prospect of including food. A PCSO also attended the session and talked about
- An invitation has been sent to Sue Myers, Interim Director of Children’s
Services and Claire Sowerby, Interim Director of Children’s Care to a future
- Plan to work with the Virtual school on what looked after young people
told us at the Jump 360 event.
Over the next few months ‘we matter’ plan to:
out a calendar of events for 2023
to work with Pathways and care leavers to write their 'Local Offer'. Kathy and
Adam were meeting with the lead at Middlesbrough college on the 11th January to
start planning the animation video (with help from Middlesbrough college
care experienced young people to share their experiences with the Children and
Young people Scrutiny Panel
- Plan a
care leaver celebration event in April 2023 .
The participation team are
working with Louisa Jefferson, a care experienced apprentice, and pathways
leaving care team to develop a care leavers event for April 2023, this event
will be a celebration of all care leavers from Middlesbrough to identify and
focus on a positive they have accomplished in the last year.
We will also be celebrating the accomplishment of Digiwise and all that the young people have contributed to the new policy development. Care leavers are being consulted as to what they would like at the event and how they want to celebrate. There will be certificates and trophies handed out to young people based on ... view the full minutes text for item 22/4
Chief Inspector Deb Fenny, will present the Kingfisher report and discuss the request of becoming a corporate grandparent.
welcome Chief Inspector Deb Fenny to the Board to present the Kingfisher
report. The Detective advised that she was the Chair of the Learning and
Development meeting and from this the Kingfisher report had been discussed,
which was a report surrounding a serious care review of 2 children. One sadly
passed away and one suffered significant injuries.
Kingfisher report was a public report which holds to account agencies and
partnership. Since the report was written, an action plan has been developed to
capture the recommendations and ensure learning is cascaded and built upon.
discussion took place regarding communication and best ways to scrutinise the recommendations of the report. The Chief
Inspector advised that as part of the ongoing Child Safeguarding Practice
Review, challenge review events take place every 6 months. The report and
recommendations are signed off by the Executive Board.
report, there was a plea to the corporate parenting board to consider the role
of being Corporate grandparents. Whilst in principle,
the role was supported, the board felt, the term would need to be explored to
ensure it was representative of all age groups.
the Kingfisher report be noted
the subsequent report and action plan be presented to the board at a future
the term Corporate Grandparent be explored.
Ofsted Update- outcome from monitoring visit
will be provided with information on the outcome of the monitoring visit by Ofsted held on 1st and 2nd November
The Chair welcomed
Sue Myers, Interim Director of Children's services to the meeting, she was
accompanied by Claire Sowerby, Interim Director of
The Interim Director
of children's services advised that the recent ofsted
monitoring visit focused on older children leaving care and care leaver. This visit like other monitoring visits was
carried out in line with the inspector of the local authority children's
services (ILACS ) framework.
Finding from the
monitoring visit showed that most of our older children leaving care felt supported
when leaving care and had a good working relationship with their social worker
and independent reviewing officer.
Areas for development
were as follows:
Support and choice
around housing for care leavers
Support for young
people when they leave custody.
The Interim Director
advised the board that, as a council, they would like to offer more to care
leavers, in terms of offering work in local businesses and an apprenticeship
within every department of the council.
The outcome as it
stands from Ofsted was not displeasing, however the
service will be audited at the end of February/ March in preparation for the
full ILACS inspection. The Interim director outlined that we would work
alongside our young people/ care leavers to become an imaginative corporate
family. Children's services is improving and she outlined the sole purpose is
not to be 'inadequate'.
The Board were aware
of the escalating costs of children's services, and the Interim director
advised that she had been working alongside Claire Sowerby
and Louise Grabham to address these.
There were currently
three areas of concern:
workers- currently outsourced to an external company and these posts were
depleted during a restructure. These posts would be looked to be unfrozen to
reemploy Middlesbrough council officers.
Independent foster carers- it currently costs the council approx. £6million,
compared to our own in-house foster carers which
costs approx. £3 million. The service will look to address the support provided
to our foster carers, including allowances.
Agency social workers
- there are currently 3 teams. The service will look to recommission 1 team
which would provide dedicated support to the Council.
In terms of social workers, there will be 12 social workers commencing
with the local authority in March 2023 and there are currently 15 student
social workers going through the academy.
The Interim Director
would look to bring a future report to the Board.
AGREED- That the
update be noted.
Performance against Corporate Parenting strategy
Scarton, Interim Head of Service will present the scorecard.
Head of Service Practice Leads/ Children with disabilities was in attendance
and advised that as of end of November 2022 there were 509 children looked
after. The performance scorecard had been circulated to members prior to the
members for information.
Head of Service Practice Leads/ Children with disabilities outlined that the
Board may like to access the way information is provided to the Board.
Director of Children’s services posed to the Board that they may like to re
look at the structure of the Board, potentially looking at Themes meetings and
inviting care experiences young people/ carers to the
AGREED- That the structure and content of the
Corporate Parenting Board be explored.
Ralph , Risk and Resilience Manager and Louisa Jefferson,
The Chair welcomed Ralph
The officers were in attendance to update corporate parenting
board on the progress of the Digiwise final young persons
summary report and the recommendations, promote the use of the Digital Pledge
and promotion of the easy to access support resources. The report was also to seek
the board’s support and to implement findings into new council adopted policy.
As way of background, the officer advised that In March 2021, Middlesbrough
Council were successful in a funding application for £36,220 which is to
research, consult and produce a policy/practice document for digital
safeguarding for Children Looked After and Children Leaving Care. Funding by
Parentzone and Nominet was allocated to 9 interlinked projects under 3 key
areas of which Middlesbrough’s sits within Design Challenge 3, that is:
young peoples’ voice to influence the services that impact on their digital
safety and opportunity.
experienced young people have invaluable insight which is currently
under-utilised in relation to digital and online safety policy development.
specifically the project is to ensure care experienced young people can
influence the service policies, process and practice that impact on their
need to extend participation; diversify and improve channels of communication
and feedback. This is based on significant risks posed to Children Looked After (CLA) being at risk of online grooming and
exploitation, exposure pornography, peer pressure to send youth produced sexual
imagery and access to drug sales and other harmful products usually via social
media. Since the last corporate parenting board in February 2022 the survey is
now completed and this report now presents the findings and recommendations.
two actions allocated at the previous corporate parenting board 13th February
2022 have been completed.
The adoption of the UKCIS Digital Passport to
be offered for all children looked after.
Consideration of all residential and foster
care staff completing the ‘Fostering Network’s, Fostering Digital Skills CPD
course or Enable Pathway Digital Skills programme.
Louisa also advised that consultation had been completed
with children and young people and a young person’s digiwise summary report had
The next step in the process were as follows:
to be signed off by single member executive.
work would also be completed on a guide for carers and a digital pledge and for
a key performance indicator (KPI) to be attached to this.
online safety training be provided to foster carer.
That the board note and acknowledge the key
findings from the Digiwise young person summary report
That the board support the implementation of
the recommendations from the main Digiwise report and are happy for new policy
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.