Cabinet to respond to mental health scrutiny report

Scrutiny councillors have brought the concerns of parents to the fore in an inquiry into children’s mental health services. The inquiry heard how parents of children with mental health issues are often at their wits’ end about how to get help, with confusion about the role and scope of assessment and treatment services available. The […]

Safely reducing the numbers of looked after children

There are now 493 looked after children in the care of the authority and this number has been reducing steadily for the last 6 months.  Since February there has been a reduction of 28 looked after children and the teams are clearly working hard to get these good results. The child and family services scrutiny […]

Ensuring that care leavers access education, training and employment

NEETs, this is the acronym used to describe a young person who is “not in education, employment of training”.  When the Child & Family Services Scrutiny Panel met last week to look at the end of year performance monitoring report for Child & Family Services it saw that over half of formerly looked after children were not in […]

Finding support for young people with mental health needs is sometimes a challenge

Finding support for a young person with mental health needs is sometimes a challenge.  It is worth pointing out at this stage the distinction between mental health and mental illness.  Mental health covers emotional and well being issues and needs and is often addressed through non-medical interventions.  Mental illness is medically diagnosed by an appropriate health professional […]

Do you have a question about how schools support children with mental health needs

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services scrutiny inquiry panel is meeting on 16 February to talk to representatives from the Council’s education department and the cabinet members for Education and Children & Young People.  The meeting will begin at 9.30am and will be held in the Council Chamber in the Guildhall. The aim of the […]

Why do we do pre-decision scrutiny?

Pre-decision scrutiny is the process that enables scrutiny councillors to engage with the Cabinet before it takes decisions and there are very good reasons why it should happen. Its an opportunity for consultation with non-executive councillors before Cabinet makes its decision. It enables scrutiny councillors to gain information and develop an understanding on particular issues. […]