Venue: Mandela Room, Town Hall
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 20 December 2022 were submitted and
approved as a correct record.
The Panel will receive further information in relation to its current scrutiny topic from Middlesbrough’s Community Learning Service.
Earl, Alternative Provision Co-ordinator, and C Thorpe, Apprenticeships
Co-ordinator, from Middlesbrough Community Learning Service (MCL), were in
attendance at the meeting to provide the Panel with an insight into the work
undertaken by the service in the context of the Panel’s current review and to
explain how Community Learning supported vulnerable young people into further
education, training or employment.
Community Learning offered high quality learning opportunities for people of
all ages and abilities and offered a wide number of courses.
Middlesbrough Community Learning offer included:-
young people, including supported internships and study programme
and guidance for parents, carers, social workers and personal assistants.
Earl, Alternative Provision Co-ordinator, advised that she ran post-16
provision for vulnerable young people, including those with Special Educational
Needs. This consisted of two programmes,
both predominantly delivered from the Lingfield
Learning Centre, Coulby Newham:-
(for 16-19 year olds)
Internships (for 16-24 year olds)
Study programme was available to 16-19 year olds, or up to the age of 25 if the
young person had an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
length of the programme was a full academic year (September to July) and its
main aim was to enhance employability skills by ensuring students were ready
for employment. The programme was
designed to engage with students who were not quite ready for the employment
market - for whatever reason - and to support them in gaining work
experience/vocational placements and enhance their chances in the employment
market by developing their employability skills, including English and Maths
qualifications where none had been gained previously.
needed to be aged between 16 – 19 years old and have left secondary school and
not be 19 before 1st August within that calendar year.
programme offered the following opportunities, all of which were tailored to
suit the needs of the individual:-
Qualification & Vocational Placements (in the student’s desired vocation)
Social Development Qualification
Maths and English
programme helped to reduce the number of young people who were NEET (Not in
Education, Employment or Training) within Middlesbrough. Community Learning worked with all aspects of
children’s services to ensure Middlesbrough’s young people had access to the
support and opportunities they needed to develop and progress.
main aim of the supported internship programme was to provide the learner with
a meaningful work experience placement with a trusted local employer. Participants must be aged 16-24 and have an
the programme ran from September to July and enabled access to:-
Maths and English
Adulthood and Personal and Social Development – all of which were tailored to
students had successfully completed the assessment process, they were generally
ready to work and there had been some amazing success stories from both
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Preparing Young People for Adulthood and Independence - Further Information
The Panel will receive a verbal update from Public Health in relation to its current scrutiny topic.
Nicholson, Advanced Health Practitioner, Public Health, was in attendance at
the meeting to provide information in relation to how the physical and
emotional health needs of young people, particularly those in care/care leavers,
were met and the role health partners played in supporting young people to
adulthood and independence.
Panel heard that there was a very broad needs base and that a lot of work had
been done to support children in schools in relation to mental health with the
Headstart Programme now being delivered by Public Health in all Middlesbrough
schools. The programme aimed to develop
resilience and emotional well-being through peer support, undertaking specific work
in the classroom and in assemblies.
terms of young people with care experience, Healthy Child programmes were in
place run by the Children in Care Team in conjunction with Social Care. This supported young people to plan for
leaving care, undertaking health reviews and assessing the health needs of
young people. The team worked with
appropriate support services where required to ensure all of the young person’s
health needs were met and that appropriate services were put in place where
was highlighted that the Children in Care Team provided a very specific service
providing health assessments and reviews for care experienced young people and
offered appropriate support to families and carers. It was suggested that a representative from
the Children in Care Team be invited to a future meeting to provide the Panel
with a more focused overview of the pathways and support they offered families
including outreach services to address reactive areas.
AGREED that arrangements be made for an appropriate representative from the
Children in Care Team (Health) be invited to the next meeting of the Panel and
that the information provided be noted and considered in the context of the
Scrutiny Panel’s current scrutiny topic.
The Interim Executive
Director of Children’s Services will be in attendance to provide the Panel with
an update in relation to the Ofsted monitoring visit carried out 1-2
Sowerby, Director of Children’s Care, was in attendance at the meeting to
provide the Panel with an update in relation to the findings of the most recent
Ofsted Monitoring Visit to Children’s Services.
had undertaken a sixth monitoring visit to Middlesbrough’s Children’s Services
on 1 and 2 November 2022 with a focus on older children leaving care and care
findings provided clarity on areas where progress had been made since the initial
full inspection and areas requiring improvement. The Panel was advised that some of the areas
for improvement identified had already been acted upon and further actions had
been added to the Improvement Plan.
issues identified included:-
Since the last
inspection, services for older children in care and care leavers had started to
children who were approaching leaving care were supported to develop the
necessary independence skills needed to live alone.
Care leavers told
inspectors that most of them had experienced a positive transition from care,
including that they had been well supported by their social workers and their
was maintained with most children and care leavers, with care leavers making
use of the dedicated social media messenger page to stay in touch.
advocates were offered to children and care leavers, and they had been actively
involved in supporting them with their issues and concerns.
and care leavers who benefitted from the supported living accommodation and the
bespoke children’s home were well supported to prepare for independent
living. Staff provided them with
opportunities to develop life skills and promoted resilience in preparation for
living alone. It was clear that they had established trusting relationships
with support staff who were attuned to their needs. It was a real positive that
those children and care leavers who talked to inspectors, and who lived in
those homes, were all either in education or work.
interviews after children had been missing were undertaken in a timely way and
information from the child or care staff provided a helpful insight to
understand risk. Children had appropriate safety plans and oversight from the
vulnerable exploited missing and trafficked (VEMT) Panel. Consequently, children had reduced their
missing episodes as well as their risks in the community.
for some children had not been as effective as it should have been. As a
result, a small number of care leavers described: feeling rushed when moving
out of care and this had resulted in a small number remaining as children in
care post-18 due to a lack of planning with continued support in accommodation.
Some young people
stated they needed more financial support to enable them to buy food and pay
their energy bills. Plans were in place
to ensure the right level of support was in place.
· Needs assessments and the resulting Pathway plans varied in quality. Most plans required tighter target setting/smarter focus, however, the better plans and assessments included the clear voice of ... view the full minutes text for item 22/39
Overview and Scrutiny Board Update
The Chair will provide a verbal update on the business conducted at the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 12 January 2023.
Chair provided a verbal update in relation to the business conducted at the
Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 12 January 2023, namely:-
Update – Councillor Grainge, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Safety –
provided an update on current and ongoing work within his portfolio.
Next OSB meeting – Wednesday, 22nd February 2023 at 10am.
Date and Time of Next Meeting - 14 February 2023, 10.00am
next meeting of the Children and Young People’s Social Care and Services
Scrutiny Panel was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 14 February 2023 at
10.00am, Mandela Room, Town Hall.