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Chair advised that the Committee will scrutinise Cabinet Board items as
Declarations of Interest
were no declarations of interest received.
To defer the approval of the minutes of the meeting held on
16th September 2021 to a future meeting of the committee.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21st
October 2021 as a true and accurate record.
Their Chair thanked officers for providing the report.
Members recognised the hard work of staff at all level in adult social care and
wished to recognise their sustained work in this area.
From the report provided Members understood that in exceptional
circumstances family member could get paid through direct payments to looks
after family. Members wished to query if this had been explored in detail given
the exceptional circumstances that we are currently operating in. Officers
confirmed that this was currently being undertaken and the majority of direct
payments are family members and PA’s.
Members wished to confirm who looks after patients that are
ready to be discharged and are in the Exit Lounge waiting for transportation.
Officers confirmed that this was the responsibility of health staff.
Members noted that the report outlined the difficulty that
staff were experiencing in finding placements and care packages for people with
dementia. Members queried what would happen in the circumstances where such
care cannot be provided. Officers confirmed that fortunately this had not been
experienced to date, however should it happen it would likely result in
readmission to hospital.
Officers were asked to explain what a Local Community
Co-Ordination Hub was and if they were working. Members were informed that this
item relates to multi-disciplinary meetings to consider the discharge of
patients. However officers could not elaborate further as this item relates to
guidance provided to health authorities.
It was noted in the report that once discharged, a
service-user should receive a visit within one day of discharged to determine
what support is required within the community and rapidly arrange for that to
be put in place. Officers confirmed that this does take place and officers are
part of a daily meeting to discuss the outcomes of these visits.
Members noted the report.
select appropriate items from the Cabinet Board agenda for Pre-Decision
Scrutiny (Cabinet Board reports included for Scrutiny Members)
Final Letter and Joint Action Plan Following
the Joint Inspection of Child Protection Arrangements (JICPA) Across Neath
& Port Talbot (NPT)
welcomed and outlined the number of positives within the report. The positives outlined included the positive and proactive
approach to safeguarding and also the share ethos with the third sector. The
report refers to the good conduit of information flowing between Barnado’s, the police and social services. The staff are
also reporting on good leadership within the service. The Local Authority is
being described as being forward thinking and they are testing new ways of
safeguarding is an approach to understand and respond to a young person’s
experiences of harm and risk outside the family home. It expands the objectives
of the current child protection system which has been focused on harm and risk
within the home. Contextual safeguarding recognises that this harm and risk can
also occur outside the home and the approach does look beyond the parents.
highlighted the need to improve co-production of safety plans with young
people, members asked this to be explained. A comprehensive action plan has
been developed and there is a specific action plan to look at how to engage
young people and parents as early as possible.
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the report criticises the police for their use of ‘no apparent immediate risk
(NAIRA)’ and it also refers to lack of communication. Members queried who is
responsible for ensuring that the criticism of the police is addressed and will
progress on this be reported back to the committee. Detective Chief Inspector Llewelyn responded
to the item. NAIRA is a category of missing to try and break demand and look at
more effective ways of safe guarding young people. The pilot scheme in South
Wales Police was a great success, but there are criticisms and areas for
development. The NAIRA process and overarching response to missing is currently
being considered. South Wales Police are assessing it, and also academic
partners who are also experts in the field are looking at how this can be
effectively developed and improved.
asked what was meant by coordinated police disruption tactics. It was confirmed
these can be used to protect young people who the police consider may be at
risk of exploitation and harm. It was confirmed that the police have been
extremely proactive in identifying the adults who may cause the harm or
exploitation and disrupting it by arresting them and enabling them to be
removed from the community. This essentially assists in causing the disruption
required. It is important that the young person has the opportunity to remain
within the community where they can be supported.
Members queried how officers will address the concerns raised about the lack of evidence of the shared implementation and review of safety plans. Officers gave assurance to Members that all children’s plans are working live documents that involve children, families and partners that are being coproduced by them also. However officers ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
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urgent items (whether public or exempt) at the discretion of the Chairperson
pursuant to Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
The Director’s Annual Report was raised
as an urgent item. Members expressed their discontent at receiving the report
less than 48 hours prior to the meeting. However, Members determined not to
scrutinise the item. If Members wish to raise any questions in relation to the
report they should be sent directly to the Director with all other Members of
the Scrutiny Committee copied into the email.
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to Meetings to resolve to exclude the public for the following item(s) pursuant
to Section 100A(4) and (5) of the Local Government Act
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resolve to exclude the public for the following item(s) pursuant to Section
100A(4) and (5) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the relevant exempt
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The Regulated Service (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017 and Hillside Secure Children's Home Update (Exempt under Paragraph 13)
Members received an update report on The Regulated Service
(Service providers and responsible individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017 and
Hillside Secure Children’s Home.
The Committee noted the report.