CHILDREN'S TRUST BOARD
1 March 2011, 2pm in the Council Chamber, Rutland County Council (RCC)
Those Present were:
Carol Chambers Director of People, RCC CC
Janet Bilby Head of Business Support- people, RCC JB
Sarah Bysouth Head of Lifelong Learning, RCC SB
Jane Clayton Jones Citizens Advice Bureau JCJ
Tina Clegg NHS Trust TC
Vicky Crosher Principal, Casterton Business & Enterprise College VC
Joan Gibson Headteacher, Oakham C of E Primary School JG
Vanessa Griffiths Associate Director, Leics & Rutland PCT VG
Elaine Lilley Local Education Business Partnership EL
Neil Mullinger Parent Partnership NM
Mark Naylor Assistant Director for People, RCC MN
Wendy Poynton Youth Offending Service (YOS) WP
Mark Roberts NHS MR
Heather Sahman Regional Change Agent, NHS East Midlands HS
John Woodhead Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education JW
Katy Lynch Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) Support KL
1 CHAIRMAN’S INTRODUCTION
CC chaired the meeting on behalf of Heather Wells. The chair recognised
that the public sector as a whole has been caught up in change and
thanked partners for continuing to do a good job for children, young people
2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Steven Attwood (RCC), Jan Ellis (Job Centre Plus), Donna Gallagher
(RCC), Jill Haigh (RCC), Lindsey Henshaw-Dann (Voluntary Action
Rutland), Nigel Lashbrook (Oakham School), Mary Robertson (Local
Safeguarding Children’s Board), Helen Thompson (NHS) and Cllr Heather
3 MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 8 JUNE 2010
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record. There were
no outstanding actions from the Minutes.
4 SAFEGUARDING REPORT (Standing Item)
Social Care activity in Rutland remains high; there has been a
sustained increase in numbers on the child protection register.
The annual rate for looked after children has dropped although
there are 18 cases on child protection plans which is high for
Rutland; this reflects the national trend.
There are ongoing staffing (recruitment and retention) issues; the
intention is to have less agency staff in the future.
The Rutland Register is a new scheme that offers a bespoke
service for Rutland social care staff.
The Independent Reviewing contract with Leics has also ceased
and is being delivered in-house. ACTION
5 LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S BOARD (LSCB) TRAINING
5.1 The safeguarding training proposal presented by HB is also going to
Leicestershire’s Children’s Trust for the board’s approval.
5.2 The paper recognises that the Children’s Trusts are at the centre of taking
forward safeguarding training.
5.3 Local Safeguarding Adult’s board and the LSCB will amalgamate in terms
of business support.
5.4 Partners recognised the significant cross over between safeguarding
training for practitioners working with adults and/or children; this proposal
therefore takes advantage of economies of scale.
5.5 It was AGREED to take this forward as the direction of travel.
6 INSPECTION OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES
6.1 HB presented 2 frameworks that will form the basis for responding to
inspections. This information has been gathered from multiple agencies. It
was noted that these documents are work in progress and therefore there
are a number of gaps that will be completed shortly.
6.2 HB invited partners to feed back any thing they think is missing, this can be All
done electronically. It was recognised that the right people needed to be
involved in focus groups (groups of key partners that can respond to MR
inspectors questions), in particular MR to speak with HB regarding HB
identifying public health staff that should be involved in the process.
6.3 The chair recognised that this is good work in progress, RCC will continue
to prepare in advance of inspections.
7 THE FUTURE OF THE LSP
7.1 A paper was presented regarding the emerging health and wellbeing
boards (H & W); these will be statutory in every upper tier local authority as
Partners AGREED that the introduction of a H & W board, as well as
reduced resources & capacity across many organisations means it is
necessary to rethink the current LSP structure.
It was noted that the Safer Rutland Partnership (SRP) and H & W board
are now the two statutory structures within the LSP. There is no place
holder for safeguarding adults within the current structure.
The chair invited views on the structure and how partners think it should
Membership across LSP groups and wider stakeholder groups is
similar, it is necessary to look at representation and see where
there are common links.
Concern was raised around the SRP taking on safeguarding unless
this boards agenda changes to allow for a greater focus on
SRP, Caring for All and Children’s Trust all have considerable links ACTION
with each other; partners are comfortable with reorganising the
structure so that it is more practical in dealing with cross cutting
areas e.g. public health, prevention & domestic violence.
The role of commissioning and providers needs to be considered.
Partners agreed that the Children’s Trust should continue in some
format to ensure that a children’s focus remains.
The question was raised as to whether the family is thought about
enough within the current structure.
If there wasn’t a children’s focused board it would be difficult to tie
up the operational work to a strategic board without some
discussion being irrelevant as the topic areas at a strategic level
would be very broad.
The adult agenda is huge and this is only set to increase e.g. as the
ageing population continues to grow, partners agreed that children
may not get the focus needed if this area was to join a broader
The key priorities need looking at and how these might change,
including any new key outcomes.
Partners recommended that RCC takes the lead on coming up with
a draft structure that partners can feed into (based on today’s
The chair thanked everyone for their comments; these will be taken away MN
8 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
8.1 Through looking at the central training budget, using the Think Family
Approach and potential areas for joining up, the workforce steering group
proposes a joint workforce strategy; this high level document requires
development to include an implementation action plan.
8.2 The board AGREED to approve the draft Rutland Workforce Development
Strategy at this stage and supported the development of an
implementation plan coordinated on behalf of the Trust by Voluntary Action
The board AGREED to use VAL to host the training website and develop
the hub data collection for the workforce in Rutland.
9 GREEN PAPER: BREAKING THE CYCLE
There is a specific section around youth justice within the green paper
(chapter 5), WP outlined the youth specific proposals within the document All
and requested that partners note the information:
In future there will be no separate youth offending service
inspection; this is to come under the Children’s Trust instead.
One of the principle themes of the green paper is payment by
results; there will be a number of small pilots to develop community
and custodial payment by results projects, Leicestershire and
Rutland did not qualify for the pilot due to the relatively low
numbers in custody in these areas.
The Ministry of Justice also aims to increase the number of
10 LOCAL AUTHORITY UPDATE
10.1 CC explained the current situation at RCC, the planned deadline for
completion of the staffing restructure is 1st April 2011.
10.2 There have already been a number of voluntary redundancies and there is
more to come. Social Care has been prioritised; this section will not lose ACTION
10.3 The local authority has recognised the advantages of bringing children’s
and adults services together forming a People Directorate. There are 12
teams (1-12) within this directorate, Team 12 will be the “front door” to the
council, this includes:
o Duty Desk
o Customer Services
It is anticipated that this structure will ensure that customers will only have
to provide information to the council once.
10.4 The chair invited questions:
There is no specific link between Team 12 and extended services,
this is because there is no single strategy across the schools for
accessing services, schools will continue to deliver extended
services but to a lesser extent.
As services change, partners have been engaged at different levels
depending on the service, e.g. RCC has engaged with schools All
regarding school improvement. CC invited MR and others to get in MR
touch if there are any specific areas that they feel engagement is
11 CHILDREN’S TRUST Q3 PERFORMANCE REPORT
11.1 National Indicators have disappeared and discussions with CLG have
taken place regarding future data collections, plans are yet to be finalised.
11.2 JB noted that there is a good amount of green targets (achieved) but there
is still a number of targets where data is yet to be confirmed with agencies
(e.g. Health). MR stated that Mike Sandys and Julian Mallinson are the key JB
contacts for outstanding NHS data.
11.3 Progress has been made with 1:1 tuition; this target still remains red due to
small numbers. It was recognised that there is often an issue with small
numbers in Rutland, a slight change in statistics can easily alter whether
targets are achieved or not.
11.4 The PCT is the lead for the You’re Welcome quality criteria; this has been
achieved in 3 schools, this principle has been streamlined but has not gone
thus continues to be rolled out across other schools.
11.5 The NHS is quite advanced with the Hear by Right benchmarking; this
provides an opportunity for information sharing.
The chair thanked JB and the team for collating this performance
information (N.B. Updated performance paper attached to these minutes).
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
There was no other business to discuss.
13 DATE OF NEXT CHILDREN’S TRUST BOARD MEETING
Tuesday 13 September at 2pm in the Council Chamber. All partners to put All
this date in their diaries.