Children's Scrutiny Panel - Monday 20th March 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall, Huddersfield. View directions

Contact: Helen Kilroy  Email:


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Membership of the Committee

To receive apologies for absence from those Members who are unable to attend the meeting.




Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To approve the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 23rd January 2023.



Interests pdf icon PDF 46 KB

The Councillors will be asked to say if there are any items on the Agenda in which they have disclosable pecuniary interests, which would prevent them from participating in any discussion of the items or participating in any vote upon the items, or any other interests.



Admission of the Public

Most debates take place in public. This only changes when there is a need to consider certain issues, for instance, commercially sensitive information or details concerning an individual. You will be told at this point whether there are any items on the Agenda which are to be discussed in private.




The Committee will receive any petitions and hear any deputations from members of the public. A deputation is where up to five people can attend the meeting and make a presentation on some particular issue of concern. A member of the public can also hand in a petition at the meeting but that petition should relate to something on which the body has powers and responsibilities.


In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 (2), Members of the Public should provide at least 24 hours’ notice of presenting a deputation.


Public Question Time

The Board will hear any questions from the general public.


Performance Data (Children's Services) - verbal update on highlights

The Panel will consider a verbal update on the performance highlights from the latest Children’s Services data report.


Contact:         Jo-Anne Sanders, Service Director

                        Vicky Metherington, Service Director

                        Tom Brailsford, Service Director


Exclusions & Suspensions in Kirklees Schools pdf icon PDF 471 KB

The Panel will consider a report giving the current context around exclusions and suspensions in Kirklees and planned actions to support work in reducing these.

Contact:         Kelsey Clark-Davies, Head of Inclusion and Educational



Stable Homes Built on Love pdf icon PDF 256 KB

The Panel will consider an update on the Government’s response in February 2023 to the McCallister, National Care Review which was published in May 2022

Contact:         Elaine McShane, Service Director


Educational Wellbeing and Mental Health provision for Children and Young People in Kirklees pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The Panel will consider an update on mental health services available for children and young people in Kirklees and the current issues.


Contact:         Stewart Horn, Head of Children’s Integrated Commissioning


Pre-decision Scrutiny - Cabinet decisions on the horizon

The Panel will consider any potential areas of pre-decision scrutiny in accordance with any cabinet decisions relating to children and young people which are on the horizon and receive updates from Senior Officers in Children’s Services.


Contact:         Jo-Anne Sanders, Service Director

Tom Brailsford, Service Director

Vicky Metherington, Service Director


Feedback from Panel Members on issues considered by
Corporate Parenting Board

Panel Members who attend the Corporate Parenting Board, will feedback on key areas of focus considered by the Board, which will be of interest to the Panel.


Children's Scrutiny Panel Work Programme 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 454 KB

The Panel will consider the work programme and agenda plan for the 2022/23 municipal year and will discuss progress and consider new issues for inclusion during the 2023/24 municipal year.


Provisional dates for the 2023/24 municipal year have been set but are subject to agreement by Council Annual General Meeting in May.


Contact Officer:         Helen Kilroy, Assistant Democracy Manager


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