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. […]

More scrutiny please!

Councillors on the Well Being Scrutiny Performance Panel have been quite vocal at recent meetings about their ability to scrutinise adult services and child & family services in just one meeting a month. Worried that they were not devoting enough time to the important area of adult services, they agreed to hold fortnightly meetings and […]

Making sure our care leavers get the best support

The Well Being Performance Panel spent some time this week following up the “Support for Care Leavers” inquiry which was completed in March 2012.  This follow up stage is a really important part of the scrutiny process because it enables councillors to make sure that the recommendations that were accepted by the Cabinet Member have been put into […]

Providing sustainable services for children and families

The Well Being Performance Panel took its quarterly look at performance in Child and Family Services last week.  The panel was pleased to see that there were 8 fewer looked after children at the end of August compared to the previous month and that the numbers of looked after children had been on a downward trend since April.  […]

Delivering child protection through Signs of Safety

The Well Being Performance Panel wanted to find out how Child & Family Services was using the Signs of Safety model to safeguard children identified as “at risk” in Swansea. The Signs of Safety model is a tool intended to help practitioners with risk assessment and safety planning in child protection cases. Its purpose is […]