Agenda and minutes

Children, Education and Skills Sub Committee - Thursday, 11th July, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: 0.01 Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting


Appointment of Substitutes

To be informed of the appointment of any substitute members for the meeting.



Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution the appointment of the following substitute member was reported:


Councillor L Bell for Councillor M Thirlaway.




To receive any declarations of interest

You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.


You are also requested to complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.


You are also invited to disclose any dispensation from the requirement to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.



No declarations of interest were reported.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2019.


Resolved that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 18 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.




Work Programme 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider and determine the Sub-Committee’s work programme for the year ahead.



The Sub-Committee considered the proposed outline Work Programme for 2019/20 and Members were invited to raise any other topics relevant to the remit of the sub-Committee that they thought should be included in the Work Programme.


The following topics were submitted:


-       Anti-bullying Policy for Schools

-       Education early years help for children and corporate parenting elements

-       Skills Shortages


The Chair stated that whilst more than one topic could be prioritised across the municipal year, only one sub group could be established at any one time due to resourcing restraints.


The Chair invited Members to email to Councillor Thirlaway any further topics for the Work Programme.


It was agreed that the above proposed topics be added to the proposed areas in the outline Work Programme and the outline Work Programme be considered at the next meeting.





Cabinet Response to Collaborative Working Sub Group Report pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To receive Cabinet’s response to the report and recommendations of the Collaborative Workingsub group. 


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The Sub-Committee received a report on the response from Cabinet to the final recommendations made by the Collaborative Working Sub Group on the Effectiveness of Collaborative Working in North Tyneside. 


The report had been submitted to Cabinet on 28 May 2019 and Cabinet had agreed to accept all of the Overview and Scrutiny recommendations in the Action Plan.


It was agreed that the Report be noted.





Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Arrangements pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To update the Sub-Committee on the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in North Tyneside.

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The Sub-committee received an update on the new multi agency safeguarding arrangements in North Tyneside. 


The Children and Social Work Act 2017 required all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) to be replaced with new local multi agency safeguarding arrangements (MASA). These arrangements were led by the three named statutory safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups).


The Children and Social Work Act 2017 also reinforced the duty, which currently existed, under section 11 of the Children Act 2004, on local organisations and agencies who delivered services to children (called relevant agencies) to ensure that they considered the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions. Responsibility for ensuring effective arrangements were in place lay with the three safeguarding partners who had a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.


Mr Richard Burrows, Independent Chair of the North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board, reported that the new arrangements were an opportunity to be innovative, flexible and creative and the Council had supported and hosted discussions between the three strategic partners and consulted with the present Board.


The safeguarding Partners, in consultation with the Independent Chair and agencies who attended the Board had developed a plan (copies of which had been circulated to the Committee) which outlined the arrangements in North Tyneside. The plan was published on 24 June 2019 and Partners were working towards the new arrangements being in place by November 2019.  Until then, North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board (NTSCB) remained the statutory body for ensuring the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard children.


In drawing up the plan Partners had sought towelcome a strategic approach to safeguarding, prevention and early intervention across adults, children and young people as represented by a “Think Family and Community” approach and to build on the developments that meant as a whole system partners could become more proactive to understanding vulnerability, risk and needs, especially in the local context as a borough.


One of the important changes was the placing on the three statutory partners to exercise a shared responsibility for safeguarding joint working arrangements and the assurance that these were effective. The new partnership was not a replacement for the LSCB as this requirement and its statutory underpinning was removed; the continuing role of ‘independence’ was set in the context of scrutiny and a role of independent advisor.


The new partnership offered potential to embed and align the protection of children and young people with the promotion of their welfare; which remained a primary basis of the legislation that applied to all agencies, organisations and practitioners in the borough.


The LSCB welcomed the commitment of statutory partners to take forward the learning from the LSCB on the basis of an inclusive and innovative approach to partnership. The recognition that the opportunity to be able to objectively review practice and arrangements was maintained was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.