Agenda and draft minutes

Scrutiny Board - Tuesday, 17th June, 2014 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3 - 3rd Floor - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Martyn Sargeant 

No. Item


Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting (15 April 2014) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

[To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.]



That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 April 2014 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes.]


There were no matters arising.


Schedule of outstanding minutes - see notes to the agenda

[To review the outstanding minutes.]



To note the schedule.


Prevent - scrutiny review update pdf icon PDF 116 KB

[To consider progress against the review recommendations and decide whether to formally close the review.]


Haroon Ravat presented the report recommending that the Prevent Scrutiny review should be formally closed. He assured the Board that all the actions recommended by the review, and agreed by Cabinet, had been implemented or were underway.


Cllr Rowley highlighted differential levels of response from and engagement with children, which was emphasised by the review. He asked whether sufficient progress had been made in this area. Cllr Angus underlined this, noting a number of schools had declined to contribute to the review explaining that Prevent was not a priority for them.


The recent ‘Trojan Horse’ issues in Birmingham were highlighted as cause for concern.


Haroon Ravat advised that he had addressed primary headteachers in the last few days, and had received a small number of requests for training from both primary and secondary schools. He also noted that Prevent now formed part of the Ofsted assessment framework.


Cllr Simkins called for increased briefing for all Councillors, noting that Prevent was now included in the Councillor induction programme but that perhaps it should be included in more regular briefings for all Councillors.


Cllr O’Neill proposed, Cllr Brookfield seconded, and it was



That a further update should be submitted to the Board in six months’ time.


Scrutiny work programme pdf icon PDF 747 KB

[To review output from Scrutiny planning sessions and determine the work programme for the coming year.]


Adam Hadley outlined the process that had led to the tabled paper, which detailed proposals for the Scrutiny work programme for the coming year.


The Board discussed the three proposals for cross-cutting Scrutiny reviews, specifically:


·         Infant mortality.

·         Employability and skills.

·         Channel shift.


The Board discussed the proposals for outline work programmes for each of the Scrutiny Panels, which were derived from the Scrutiny planning event. Adam Hadley explained the proposals were recommendations from the event for Panels to consider.



(1)  That cross-cutting reviews should be conducted into infant mortality, employability and skills, and channel shift, over the coming months.

(2)  That the work programme proposals should be reported to the Panels for consideration, noting the discretion of each Panel to agree the specific agenda items for its meetings and that progress and work undertaken would be reported back to the Scrutiny Board.