ISSUE 11 Smile! The ISSUE 11 The December 2007 Sentinel December 2007 Sentinel Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Overview and Scrutiny Newsletter The Social Care & Health The government’s Respect campaign encourages us all to Liveability committee host climate Committee has now work together to create a society in which we can respect change seminar 28th November 2007 tackling youth worklessness WELCOME! … to the eleventh issue of The concluded its inquiry into one another and live in peace together. The respect drive Sentinel - Wakefield Children’s Oral Health. Smile! is a cross-governmental and wide-ranging response to Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Newsletter. Thank you for following This follows several our progress in assisting anti-social behaviour and its causes. It is about central the Council and its partners in making improvements to your services. If you want to know months of work, hearing government, local agencies, local communities and from various experts and more about our work please visit our website ultimately every citizen working together to build a www.wakefield.gov. uk or call us on 01924 members of the public. 305957 or e-mail: scrutinycontact@ wakefield.gov.uk society in which we can respect one another – where West Yorkshire has the anti-social behaviour is rare and tackled effectively, and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Overview and Scrutiny Newsletter highest average decayed, communities can live in peace together. missing and filled teeth for In September, the Crime and Community Safety five year old children in England and in Wakefield Committee set up a Respect Task Group to consider the tooth decay among five- Respect programme and how it is being implemented in year olds is significantly Wakefield. From its initial work the Group believe there is worse than the average. already a lot of good work taking place across the council that links into the aims of the Respect programme, but Chair of the Committee, there is a need to increase awareness of the breadth Cllr Betty Rhodes said “A of this activity and to develop a more co-ordinated healthy pain free smile is something that most approach. It is therefore in the process of mapping the Liveability Committee host people take for granted. current level of activity around Respect and identifying Climate Change Seminar For many though, a lack services that possibly need to work more closely together 28th November 2007 WELCOME! … to the of access to such basics or gaps that need to be filled. eleventh issue of The as fluoride toothpaste and Tackling Youth Worklessness Committee Chair Cllr Mollie Wright said, “Wakefield is Sentinel - Wakefield a toothbrush mean they face a future of decay, one of 40 Respect Areas and must operate within this Smile! Council’s Overview and framework to develop an effective response to anti- Scrutiny Newsletter. disease, pain and, in some cases, having teeth social behaviour in the district. A task group has been Thank you for following extracted. Yet much of established and it has begun the process of finding out how much progress is being made on this initiative. The our progress in assisting this could be prevented. Parents encouraging their Respect programme is also about improving the response the Council and its children to brush their to issues that matter most to the public. Most areas are partners in making teeth twice a day and good places to live, but evidence shows that anti-social improvements to your reducing the amount of behaviour - such as vandalism, intimidating groups services. sugar they consume could hanging around and rowdy behaviour - is a major concern Ref 63248 Designed by Promotional Services, Design and Print 12/07 cut this high level.” for communities”. If you want to know more about our work Hello and Goodbye.... please visit our website The Sentinel is published by Overview & Scrutiny It’s all change in the Scrutiny Team as we say farewell to Paul Jones, Scrutiny www.wakefield.gov. Manager, and Kate Bearder, Scrutiny Researcher as they take up new posts in uk or call us on 01924 Blackburn and Kirklees respectively. We are delighted to welcome Jeanne Baxter our new researcher to the team. 305957 or e-mail: scrutinycontact@ Overview & Scrutiny wakefield.gov.uk Liveability Committee Host Climate Tackling Youth Worklessness - Update Stakeholder Survey Change Seminar 28th November 2007 The Liveability Committee succesfully launched the first of During 2006/07, the Local Economy Committee carried out an inquiry into youth worklessness (young people aged between 16 - 24 who do not participate in education, employment or training), Every autumn we undertake a Stakeholder Challenge Day 6th December which had been identified as a particular problem within the Survey with Members of the Committees, its three seminars informing Wakefield Councillors, Co-opted Cabinet and witnesses who have participated Members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and Councillor Wakefield District. in the Overview and Scrutiny process during colleagues from other West Yorkshire Authorities about climate The Committee concluded that there is no one cause of youth the last 12 months. The purpose of the survey change. worklessness within the District, but that young people face a wide is to assess levels of satisfaction and identify The next Comprehensive Performance Assessment The aim of the seminar was to consider the consequences of range of barriers to education, employment and training, and many areas for improvement during the coming year. climate change for Wakefield and West Yorkshire and the vital of these areas are outside of their control. Members welcomed the (CPA) of Wakefield is due towards the end of 2008. On The results are currently being analysed and a contribution that local government can make towards reducing different approaches from a large number of agencies to tackle 6th December members of all the Overview & Scrutiny report will be published by the New Year. carbon emissions and ultimately improving its carbon footprint. youth worklessness but identified a clear need for coordination of Committees met to reflect on how Scrutiny is operating In June, Wakefield became one of 45 councils that signed up to these services in order to ensure maximum benefit. in the light of the type of questions the CPA Inspectors cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills by joining forces Cabinet welcomed the Committee’s report at their October Teenage Pregnancy - Update will ask. It was an ideal time for members to reflect on with the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management meeting and have formally agreed all of the recommendations. An current arrangements and look at what changes may be (LACM) Programme. With WMDC and the Liveability Committee Action Plan will now be prepared by the relevant Cabinet Member making climate change a priority, the council can set an setting out how the Council will implement the Committee’s necessary to continue with the effectiveness of Scrutiny Members of the Lifelong Learning Committee recently met with the example and actively encourage other organisations and recommendations. Primary Care Trust’s Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinator to further in challenging performance and service outcomes. individuals to look at their own carbon footprint and how they Chair, Cllr Laurie Harrison said, “Youth worklessness is not only review the efforts to prevent teenage pregnancies, including issues The day also looked at how the proposal for scrutiny could reduce it. detrimental to individuals but also has implications for the economic and evidence based interventions into teenage conceptions and Chair Cllr Ron Halliday said “Today was the first of our seminars and social well-being of the District. It is therefore essential that support for teenage parents. contained in the Police and Justice Act 2006 and the to raise awareness of the greatest environmental challenge young people are supported and encouraged to undertake further Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act Members were informed that it was most unlikely that the facing the world today. We have had excellent keynote speakers education and training or enter employment and the Committee 2007 might be implemented in the Wakefield District. Government’s target of a 50% reduction of under the age of 18 and workshops that ensured we all went away and considered welcome Cabinet’s support of their recommendations”. conception by 2010 would be achieved, however a great deal of the consequences of our actions”. The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health activity was being undertaken to reduce conception rates across Forthcoming seminars:- Act 2007 requires other public agencies involved in the the district. Additional funding for sex and relationship education Seminar 2: 24th January 2008 This seminar will examine climate change from a partnership Turning Point - had been made available from the Local Area Agreement and a Teenage Parent Midwife had also been appointed and work was Local Area Agreement to support Scrutiny. Overview and Scrutiny will have a duty to engage with all the partners perspective. It aims to bring the district’s partner organisations together to share experience and good practice so as to work & Homeless Young People currently being undertaken by the Youth Offending Team and Young People’s Service. that Local Area Agreements (LAA) bring together. Under provisions in the Act, the Secretary of State will A recent study by the Local Economy Committee established that together for the benefit of the district’s environment. Chair, Cllr Bryan Denson said, “Being a parent is a demanding job. issue regulations defining the information that partner homelessness amongst young people was one of a number of factors Seminar 3: 6 March 2008 behind Non-participation in Education, Employment and Training It requires emotional maturity, financial security and the support of authorities will have to disclose to scrutiny committees, The final seminar will consider what has been learned from (NEET) and that there was a shortage of accommodation and support partners, family and friends. Teenagers who become parents are as well as information that may not be disclosed. Partner the previous seminars, the positive action required and the services particularly for 16/17 year olds. The Liveability Committee, less likely to be in this position and consequently are at higher risk agencies will be required to attend meetings and provide recommendations needed in order to tackle climate change in whose remit includes housing and homelessness issues, is following of long-term social exclusion. information in respect of their action to address the LAA Wakefield. The keynote speaker on this day will be Paul Hudson, on from this work by launching its own inquiry into Homeless Young We know also that children born to teenage mothers generally face BBC Look North weatherman. People. targets. disadvantage too: they are more likely to die in infancy; have poor Please note attendance at these seminars is by invitation only. The Committee’s October meeting was devoted to this particular issue health; do badly at school. Daughters of teenage mothers are more Alongside this, the Police and Justice Act 2006 brings and members learnt about the action being taken by the council to likely to become teenage mothers themselves, continuing the cycle new powers to scrutinise Crime and Disorder Reduction both prevent homelessness and remove the barriers that prevent of early pregnancy and social exclusion. For further information please contact: Partnerships and crime and disorder issues. young people from accessing accommodation. Lynne Gascoigne, Overview and Scrutiny Officer on That’s why scrutiny of the teenage pregnancy strategy is crucial to Members of the committee are also planning to visit a number of the wider drive to tackle social exclusion and poverty”. The Acts also introduce a new mechanism entitled 01924 306736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org facilities run by the charity Turning Point to find out more about the Councillor Call For Action. This makes it possible for support they give to homeless young people. Turning Point is a social Members will consider how best to support and challenge the effective delivery of local strategies in reducing teenage conception Councillors and members of the public to prompt action care organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support rates and the underlying factors, such as poverty, poor education on particular issues of community safety or local concern to people with complex needs and aims to co-ordinate whatever support they need whether housing, education, employment or other attainment and low aspirations within the District. that have not been adequately addressed by public forms of assistance. Cllr Denson concluded, “Both prevention of teenage conceptions, bodies, especially those that require a multi-agency Chair Cllr Ron Halliday said “The challenge of reducing homelessness and support for young parents are critically important. This response. and worklessness is a priority that we as an authority are determined Committee is focused on ensuring that we work closely with all key partners who have a role in reducing teenage pregnancies ensuring Members identified several key areas to challenge during to tackle. Work is already taking place to create opportunities for young people and we hope by undertaking this inquiry further that we make certain that young people get the support, education, 2008 and requested the Scrutiny Team to undertake improvements can be achieved.” employment and quality of life they deserve”. additional work on the new legislation.