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WELCOME AND APOLOGIES
Councillor Brett welcomed
everyone to the meeting. Apologies had been received from
Councillors Stephanos Ioannou, Rick Jewell (Cabinet Member
Children’s Services), also from Anne Stoker and Andrea
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Committee are invited to
identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or
non-pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.
There were no declarations of
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING PDF 199 KB
To approve the minutes of the previous meeting
held on the 11 July 2019.
The minutes of the previous
meeting held on the 11 July 2019 were AGREED.
At the last meeting Angela Bent
presented a report on a new Government programme to protect
children at risk of exploitation. The
programme was announced in May 2019. It is aimed at delivering
support to areas responding to criminal and sexual
exploitation. A sum of £2 million
is to be shared by local authorities, and safeguarding partnerships
would apply for this money. The process is now at the point of
asking for evidence. It is an opportunity for local authorities to
share best practice. Applications will
go forward in October. Angela confirmed
that bids will be on behalf of Partnerships.
ENFIELD EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE PDF 530 KB
Suzy Francis to present a report about the
service the team provides in schools.
Suzy Francis (Principal
Educational Psychologist), together with Sarif Alrai,
presented a report on the
Educational Psychology Service and Schools Emotional Wellbeing
The Enfield Educational
Psychology Service (EPS) is a specialist psychological service for
educational settings. The team works
closely with Enfield’s Specialist Multi-Disciplinary CAMHS as
well as with other teams in Enfield.
The EPS is a joint service with the Schools Emotional Wellbeing
The following was
- Enfield Council and other commissioners fund specific services
from the EPS. This supports the Council in delivery of its
statutory duties. There are currently 19.5 FTE employed EP’s.
Seven main grade EP’s are funded by LBE.
statutory demands on the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) have
increased significantly since the introduction of the SEND Reforms
- One of
the main statutory duties is in providing the educational
psychology advice for the purpose of informing the Educational
Health and Care Needs Assessment. The
number of psychological advices had risen from 314 for 2015/ 16 to
515 for 2018/19 and it is expected to rise further this year, with
220 from April to July 2019.
schools or educational setting can contact the EPS & SEWS for
advice and support in relation to a tragic event or a trauma.
Support may be in form of advice, information, resources or a
visit. Under a ‘critical incident response’ the service
would respond as soon as possible and usually within one
- Schools and colleges can purchase further time from the Enfield
EPS through a Service Level Agreement for non-statutory
involvement. The report gave an overview of the current commissions
such as advisory service for Autism and Autism Pathway in CAMHS,
delivery of evidenced based parenting programme in schools and
behaviour Support Service. Work has also started with the youth
offending service and the Schools and Early Years Improvement
Service have commissioned the EPS to provide consultation and
support for Nurture Group staff. Nurture Groups provide
interventions in school for children who have emotional
The following issues were
raised by Members:
service does not hold a waiting list.
Schools support the special educational needs through the
‘assess, do, plan, review’ process. Schools request the involvement of the EPS to
provide additional advice, guidance and assessment as appropriate
and as agreed with parents and school.
Schools purchase the service and are charged a day
- It was
asked if there had been any additional cases of racism resulting
from tensions following on from Brexit issues? Suzy Francis was not aware of any issues that had
been raised through the EPS. Councillor
Brett may discuss this further with Tony Theodoulou, The Executive
An overview of the number of
children and young people who had received EPS involvement was
given and the following was noted
A higher percentage of males to females who had
received a service from EPS (approximately 75% to 25%).
Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) (primary
need) numbers show a slight decline this year which may be due to
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DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
The dates of future meetings of the Vulnerable
Young People Task Group for the year:
Tuesday 3 December 2019 and
Tuesday 10 March 2020
All meetings to commence at 7:00pm
The dates of future meetings
for the Vulnerable Young People Task Group are:
Tuesday 3 December 2019
Tuesday 10 March
The following items to be
discussed at the December meeting-
- Missing Children – (Maria Anastasi and Florah Shiringo)
- Community Groups to be invited to discuss issues of exploitation
– An update to be provided by Mervin Cato (Head of Behaviour
Slavery Team – Sharon Burgess and Fiona Centala will attend December meeting to discuss the
plans for the local operational trafficking/ modern slavery
team. They will provide an update on
the work of the team so far.
EXCLUSION OF PRESS & PUBLIC
To consider passing a resolution under Section
100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the press and
public from the meeting for the items of business listed on part 2
of the agenda on the grounds that they involve the likely
disclosure of exempt information as defined in those paragraphs of
Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act (as amended by the Local
Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006).
(Members are asked to refer to the part two
Resolved in accordance with the
principles of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to
exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following
item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely
disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of the
Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act (as amended by the Local
Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order
ADOLESCENT SUPPORT TEAM (FAST)
To receive a report from Joe Fitzgerald, (FAST
Team Manager, Schools and Children’s Services) about
ADOLESCENT SUPPORT TEAM (FAST).
A presentation was provided by
Joe Fitzgerald, (FAST Team Manager, Schools and Children’s
Services) about Adolescent Homelessness.
He highlighted the
Family and Adolescent Support Team (FAST) consists of 1 team
manager, 3 social workers and a commissioned sessional family
aim of the FAST team is to safeguard the well-being of the young
person and prevent family breakdown and homelessness. It provides a
family support service to vulnerable young people aged 11 to 15 and
their families where there is a risk of family
aims to prevent homelessness for 16 to 17year olds, through the use of mediation. If young people cannot
stay at home, they would support them into independent
team take referrals mainly from the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding
Hub) but also young people can self-refer or be referred from other
agencies such as colleges or the youth offending unit. An
appointment would be offered that day and a quick assessment would
be made of their circumstances and parents would be spoken to on
the same day to ensure the young person is safe that
would provide family support and hold discussions which may include
other family members such as aunts/ other relatives.
team tries to keep caseloads low – approximately 8 to 10
cases per social worker which allows for more frequent visits. The
aim is to ensure support is in place for a young person to return
home. It is essential to have a
positive and trusted relationship with clients. The team are
focused on improving family resilience and improving coping skills
within family networks.
- Christian Action Housing provides accommodation for those who
cannot stay at home, this is for a limited period whilst support is
given to the family to move forward.
The following issues were
- Confirmation was given that we keep information / local data
sets and the team has an improvement plan. It was also asked if many children are presenting
with special needs and it was confirmed that this sometimes
young people from the LGBT community had been referred, or had
referred themselves, to the FAST team. This issue may be, of
concern, for some communities where ‘coming out’ may be
was thought some young people may also be questioning their gender
and need help. It was thought
promotional materials may be useful in schools/colleges so that
young people would know that support is available.
Joe Fitzgerald and the FAST
Team were thanked for the presentation and for the service they
provide to young people and their families.