Agenda and minutes

Performance Scrutiny Committee - Partnerships - Wednesday, 23rd March, 2022 5.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Neil Barnett  Scrutiny Adviser

No. Item


Declarations of Interest




Minutes of the previous meeting held on 2 February 2022 pdf icon PDF 502 KB


The Committee asked that Councillor Mudd’s attendance be corrected to apologies for this meeting.


The minutes of the previous meeting held 2nd February 2022 were accepted as atrue and accurate record.



Newport Barnardo's Strategic Partnership pdf icon PDF 267 KB

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-       Sally Anne Jenkins (Strategic Director for Social Services)

-       Dan Jones (Service Manager)

-       Chris Cahill (Partnership Manager)

-       Mark Carter (Assistant Director Bernardo’s Cymru)

The Service Manager, Partnership Manager and Assistant Director for Barnardo’s Cymru presented an overview of the report. They highlighted:


·         The partnership between Newport City Council and Barnardo’s had been in place for over 10 years and was the first of its kind.

·         Both organisations contribute financially within the partnership.

·         That the partnership allowed for flexibility to address key issues and tailor services to priorities.

·         The primary focus of the partnership was to support children on the edge of care.

·         The successes during the pandemic, namely that they were able to support 658 children even with reduced visiting. Over 12 months, 94% of closed cases didn’t see concerns increase or actively de-escalated, 12% were close to children services and 100% families recommend the services.

·         The Family Support Service which delivers focused intervention with plan and goal development for children of families and agencies on the edge of care.

·         The Family Group Conference service.

·         The Life-Long Links service which the partnership had been successful in obtaining grant from Welsh Government to develop this service. The speakers highlighted that they had exceeded the target of 10 referrals in 12 months with 14 referrals.

·         The Baby and Me service, which was a package of support offering 1-1 support bespoke and a 6-week group and Family Group Conference where appropriate. The speakers highlighted WG interest and noted that the service had been cited in research. The speakers highlighted that of babies born within this service, 61% were taken home, 53% of parents have had children removed previously, 34% were care experienced parents, 16 families had Family Group Conference meetings and 14 families took their child home at birth; there was a 48% reduction in care proceeding from birth which equated to 20 less babies coming into care in Newport.

·         The Rapid Response Team which was part of the Safeguarding Hub and offers families at risk of breakdown a 6-week intervention aimed at preventing unnecessary admissions into the system. The speakers noted that 71 young people had been involved in the last 12 months and 91% of children remained at home or returned home soon after.

·         The development of the team with the inclusion of a Exploitation Social Worker.

·         Play therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy.

·         The prevention services which run on a voluntary basis with families who don’t meet the criteria for statutory intervention but where it is beneficial for the work to be carried out.

·         The CNF Service which offers targeted support for families to recognise and build on strengths with the aim of becoming intervention free.

·         The work done for Newport Young Carers, where 1-1 and group sessions are offered to these children as well as activities and trips aimed at improving their lives and offering respite.


The committee then asked the following:

·         What plans were there for the future of the partnership?


The Partnership  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Scrutiny Adviser Reports pdf icon PDF 372 KB

a)      Actions Plan (Appendix 1)


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-       Neil Barnett (Scrutiny Adviser)


The Scrutiny Advisor informed committee that the minutes of the previous meeting had been forwarded to One Newport, the EAS Business Plan had been sent to Cabinet Members and Partners and that there was no update on the draft annual forward work programme. This is currently under review.


The committee asked that the Scrutiny Advisor and forward work programme be mindful to not overload agendas so that items can be given the proper scrutiny within a reasonable time. The Scrutiny Adviser told the committee that this would be fed back to management.