Venue: Hybrid Meeting
Contact: Samantha Schanzer Scrutiny Adviser
Cllrs P Bright and C Townsend.
Declarations of Interest
Minutes of Previous Meeting PDF 123 KB
The minutes of the previous meeting held 24th January 2023 were accepted as a true and accurate record.
Prevention and Inclusion Update PDF 83 KB
The report was presented by the
Strategic Director for Social Services and the Head of Prevention
The Committee thanked the
Officers for their hard work. The committee asked what facilities
would be needed over the coming years to help aid programmes and
The Head of Prevention and Inclusion noted that the
Service Plan covers the immediate short-term areas of focus. The
Head of Prevention and Inclusion noted that there was a key focus
on the quality of interventions provided as well as the quality of
the workforce. The Head of Prevention and Inclusion informed
committee that most of the work carried out takes place in service
users’ homes and noted that they had key working
relationships with schools. The Head of Prevention and Inclusion
noted the only building provision they need currently is for Flying
Start. The Head of Prevention and Inclusion highlighted the
importance of using the spaces they already have
The Head of Prevention and Inclusion informed
committee that the focus in the next five years would be on growing
core services and partnerships but that they were working with
Housing and Communities to identify and make use of community
facilities where necessary.
The Strategic Director noted the focus on working in
partnership was to ensure that all services provided to people work
effectively. The Strategic Director noted that the council
doesn’t provide every service to a person.
The Committee asked whether
they had an idea of what spaces would be beneficial to the service
in the future, such as soft play areas and green spaces etc to work
with service users.
The Strategic Director noted that the place that
used held less importance than the quality of the staff and
therefore the focus should reflect that.
The Committee asked whether the
Governance Board included representation from Trade Unions and how
much input the Trade Unions have had on the recommissioning
The Strategic Director informed committee that they
established an internal for Newport Board which works with various
representatives to have oversight of the budget, services, and the
recommissioning of the Families First service. The Strategic
Director noted that due to its nature, it is an internal
Officer’s Board and therefore Trade Unions aren’t
represented on it.
· The Strategic Director noted that the recommissioning of the Families First service had been completed. The Strategic Director clarified that the impact on staffing was not an internal issue but instead an issue around commissioned services and Union representation would’ve been with their own organisations and Unions linked to them.
The Committee asked how the
service had been affected with difficulties recruiting qualified
· The Head of Prevention and Inclusion noted that recruitment was an issue impacting all services and that a key focus was on providing training and development from within. The Head of Prevention and Inclusion noted that there was working being undertaken to upskill current staff and expand their breadth of knowledge.
The Committee welcomed the work that the team and detailed ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Conclusions of Committee Reports
Following the completion of the Committee reports, the Committee will be asked to formalise its conclusions, recommendations and comments on previous items for actioning.
There were no comments or recommendations due to the session being information only.
Scrutiny Adviser Reports PDF 140 KB
a) Forward Work Programme Update (Appendix 1)
b) Actions Arising (Appendix 2)
The Scrutiny Advisor informed
committee that there had been a request to alter the work
programme, whereby a report would go the meeting scheduled for the
28th March 2023 instead of
the 14th March 2023.
This was agreed by the
The date of the next meeting would be the 14th March 2023 at 10am.
The recording of the meeting can be watched here.