The Committee scrutinised the following matters:
Neath Port Talbot’s Plan for Children and Young People Services 2019 – 2022
Members received an update on the outcome of the public consultation on Neath Port Talbot’s Plan for Children and Young People Services 2019 – 2022 as detailed in the circulated report.
Members were pleased that work was on-going in regard to developing the easy read version of the plan as currently it seemed to be a shorten version of the plan rather than a user friendly version.
It was also highlighted that during the consultation it was recognised that in future more time needed to be set aside for consultation with service users.
The committee also asked Officers to highlight the difficulty being experienced in accessing the consultation on the Neath Port Talbot website and the need to raise with the relevant section.
Members were pleased in the way that Social Services, Health and Housing worked with the third sector especially in the current economic climate with limited resources available.
Following scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals to be considered by the Cabinet Board.
Neath Port Talbot’s Plan for Adult Social Care 2019 – 2022
Members received an update on the outcome of the public consultation on the Neath Port Talbot’s Plan for Adult Social Care 2019 – 2022, as detailed in the circulated report.
Similar, to the previous item the easy read version needed to be user friendly rather than a shorten version of the plan.
Discussion took place on the Equality Impact Assessment (EIAs) and what the criteria was for selecting the protected characteristics contained within the assessment. It was explained that the assessment was based on officer judgement but that Officers would take into account the discussion this afternoon when doing EIAs in future. In addition, officers would consider whether a working group could be established to look at EIA’s.
The Committee asked that consideration be given to ensuring that people who were unable to read were able to access alternative methods of communication or assistance from one of the voluntary organisations to ensure everyone had an opportunity to contribute to the consultation process.
Following scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals being considered by Cabinet Board.
Access to Meetings
That pursuant to Section 100A (4) and (5) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded for the following items of business which involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the above Act.
The Committee scrutinised the following private Cabinet Board item:
Private Cabinet Board Proposals
Hillside – The Regulated Service (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017
The Committee received an overview of the Regulated Service (Wales) Regulations 2017, as detailed in the circulated report. The regulations required a monthly visit to Hillside Secure Centre by a member of staff who was not directly concerned with the conduct of the Secure Children’s Home.
Following scrutiny, the report was noted.