Venue: Mandela Room
Contact: Joanne Dixon
Declarations of Interest
were no Declarations of Interest made by Members at this point in the meeting.
minutes of the previous meeting of the Children and Young People’s Social Care
and Services Scrutiny Panel held on 24 October 2022 were submitted and approved
as a correct record.
The Executive Director of Children’s Services and appropriate Officers will be in attendance to provide the Panel with further information relating to support provided to Children with Disabilities and their families during the transition to adulthood.
Butcher, Executive Director of Children’s Services, E Cowley,
Head of Inclusion, Assessment and Review and K Scratton,
Interim Head of Children with Disabilities, were in attendance at the meeting
to provide the Panel with further information in relation to its current
Interim Head of Children with Disabilities opened the presentation by stating that,
in the same way that safeguarding was everybody’s business, so too was
preparing young people for adulthood and independence.
Panel was informed that the following services and partner organisations were
some of the key players in ensuring young people were fully supported to become
After and Pathways (Leaving Care) Service
Education and Schools
NHS North of
England Commissioning Support Unit
Adult Social Care
Support Solutions (for example substance misuse)
Families, often know as Early Help services, provided targeted early help services
to address the assessed needs of a child and their family, focussing on
activities to improve outcomes for the child.
An assessment of need was undertaken for children and young people and
their families who were identified as benefitting from early help.
families referred young people into adult services prior to becoming 18 for
preparation for adulthood. Youth
provision worked with young people with SEND up to the age of 25.
Employment and Training
Stronger Families, the Education, Employment and Training service supported
young people aged 16-18 into suitable education, training and employment
the age of 18, young people were allocated a Support Worker and young people
with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and care leavers were supported by
a worker until the age of 25.
supporting young people to prepare for adulthood, the SEND and Inclusion
service must have a clear delivery plan to ensure that the vision and outcomes
as identified within the SEND Code of Practice were achieved.
Strategic ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ Group had been established which aimed to
understand the direction of travel and to identify and fill any gaps in
provision. The group met every six weeks
and reported in to the SEND and Inclusion Group chaired by the DCS to ensure a
clear line of sight by senior managers.
voice of the child was key throughout supporting any young person and when
young people with special education needs were asked about their aspirations
for the future, the majority said that they wanted the same things as anyone
else – to have a job, their own home, perhaps get married and have children of
Panel was informed that the key areas of focus in preparation for adulthood
were as follows:-
range of pathways and post-16 opportunities including supported internships and
increasing the number of employment and independence opportunities
planning and transition to adulthood.
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Overview & Scrutiny Board Update
The Chair will provide a verbal update on the business conducted at the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 25 October 2022.
Chair provided a verbal update in relation to the business conducted at the
Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 25 October 2022, namely:-
Update – Cllr Coupe, Executive Member for Adult Health, Public Protection and
Digital Inclusion – provided an update on current and ongoing work within his
meeting of OSB – Wednesday, 16 November at 10.00am.
Date and Time of Next Meeting - Tuesday, 20th December 2022, 10.00am
next meeting of the Children and Young People’s Social Care and Services
Scrutiny Panel was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 20 December 2022 at
9.30am, Mandela Room, Town Hall.