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WELCOME & APOLOGIES
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies for lateness had been received by Cllr Demirel.
The Chair welcomed Cllr Ergin Erbil, Associate Cabinet Member Non-Geographical covering young people.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the committee are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.
Cllr Hockney advised that he serves as a member on the all-party parliamentary group enquiry into bullying and also on the DLGA as a sub for the children and young people’s panel.
To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2020.
AGREED the minutes of the Children Young People & Education Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 10 September 2020.
· It was queried following the reflection of the Youth Parliament Member under paragraph 12 of the minutes how this is being monitored in schools. A meeting had taken place with the Headteachers where it was raised with them that this issue had been raised by a young person. This will be picked up further as part of the exclusions item.
· The Chair invited Cllr Erbil to brief the Panel at a future meeting on how he sees his role, as this is a new role. Cllr Erbil confirmed that he is happy to provide an overview of his portfolio and the work he undertakes.
To receive Enfield’s new draft Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) – Empowering Young Enfield.
In addition to the report in the agenda pack a presentation was provided by Victoria Adnan, Strategy & Policy Manager, and Helen Baeckstroem, Strategy & Policy Team Manager.
1. The new Children and Young Peoples Plan is called Empowering Young Enfield and will be running from 2021 to 2025 if it is approved by Full Council in January.
2. A significant piece of engagement was carried out with children and young people during the spring term. This was to ascertain what they liked and didn’t like about living in Enfield; what goals they had for the future and what help they would need to achieve them.
3. This consultation focused on Safety, Health & Wellbeing, Education & Learning, Leisure & Play, Equality & Empowerment and Climate Emergency. This ran in schools during PHSE and Enrichment involving over 900 children and young people at 4 primary and 1 secondary school.
4. The main document includes quotes from children and young people on some of things they said about living in Enfield.
5. This evidence has been used to inform the development of the plan. It has also been developed based on evidence of local need, research, best practice and statutory guidance for achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people. Extensive work has been undertaken across the council to ensure that the plan reflects the different objectives of the services that support children and young people to reach a lifetime of opportunities.
6. Empowering Young Enfield is an ambitious plan and requires working in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders and support from regional and national government to achieve the level of ambition in the plan.
7. Members were taken through the 6 priorities:
· Priority 1 Children and young people are empowered, included and respected
· Priority 2 Children and young people can thrive through effective early help, good housing and accessible and inclusive services and public places
· Priority 3 Children, young people and their families are supported to achieve the best possible health and well-being
· Priority 4 Children and young people have access to an excellent education, are ready to learn when they start school and leave with the skills they need for life and the world of work
· Priority 5 Children and young people are safe and protected from harm in all places and spaces
· Priority 6 Children and young people have an environmentally sustainable future.
8. Following feedback from the Executive Management Team, the youth participation focus has been strengthen of Priority 6. The new draft will include greater information about the 7 key areas of the Climate Action Plan. Priority 6 now focuses solely on youth led climate action. This is supported by the Enfield Earth Principles. The new draft will also reflect the emerging work being undertaken with schools, although this is at the early stages.
9. The Earth Principles are:
· Empower children and young people with information and opportunities to develop their knowledge and support them to positively contribute to youth-led climate action
· Askthem to share ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
To receive Enfield’s new draft Early Help For All Strategy.
In addition to the report in the agenda pack a presentation was provided by Arzhang Yusefi, Strategy & Policy Manager, and Helen Baeckstroem, Strategy & Policy Team Manager.
1. This strategy was first drafted to set out the approach to provide effective early help with Children and Families..
2. During discussions it became obvious of the need to extend early help as is not just for children and families it is important for other areas as well. So, this runs across the council at a high level and with partners to deliver effective early help to children, young people, families and vulnerable adults. This strategy will replace the previous Family Resilience/ Early Help Strategy.
3. This is an ambitious strategy looking to coordinate the work of council services and work with partners including voluntary and community services. Over the next 4 years the system will be far more coordinated so that when anyone accesses help, they can receive the right support straight away ensuring that every contact counts.
4. It is important not only to provide support at the initial contact point but to support individuals to build their resilience. The initial part is supporting them, and the second point is working actively with them and their families to build resilience. This is a prevention-based approach.
5. Early Help is one of the cross-directorate areas within the Council’s Plan. This does not sit on its own it is built on a number of other strategies and all our responsibility.
6. In order to develop this strategy, a process of research and consultation was undertaken. This has included; benchmarking with our boroughs; reviews of national and local evidence and latest research in the area of early help. Once the strategy is approved at full Council in February, the Early Help Board will develop annual action plans to deliver on the priorities of the strategy.
7. The vision is to work with our communities and partners to help everyone in Enfield to be resilient, overcome challenges and lead happy and fulfilling lives. The priority areas are:
· Provide Clear information, advice and guidance
· Empower communities
· Establish an effective early help plan
8. The last priority is a prerequisite to achieving the other 2 priorities.
9. Under each priority area there are a number of associated specific action areas agreed with the relevant services.
10.There are 4 levels of need:
· Level 4 Critical needs (specialist services)
· Level 3 Complex needs (integrated/targeted service)
· Level 2 Additional need (Early help/targeted service
· Level 1 Universal needs (universal services)
11.This strategy is at Level 2 and if the strategy is successful the number of people being referred to Level 3 and 4 will be reduced
12.Discussion is still ongoing on outcome measures for the strategy. Indicators will measure how many people are receiving level 3 services; how many people are moving from Level 3 down to Level 2. Ideally if Early Help is run well and effective, we should see in Level 2 services referred back ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
To note the work programme for 2020/21.
The work programme was noted. Members were asked to come back to the Chair by the end of the week with any suggestions on what the Panel should be looking at on the agreed February and Marchs work programme items.
An email will be sent round regarding an extra meeting in January members are asked to respond as soon as possible so this date can be confirmed
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
To note the dates of future meetings as follows:
· Thursday 10 December 2020
· Wednesday 3 February 2021
· Tuesday 9 March 2021
All meetings will start at 6pm
The dates of future meetings were noted