Notice of a public meeting of


Children, Culture & Communities Scrutiny Committee



Councillors Nicholls (Chair), Nelson (Vice-Chair), Clarke, Crawshaw, Cuthbertson, Knight, Pearson, Waller, Wells and Wilson



Tuesday, 5 December 2023



5.30 pm



The George Hudson Board Room - 1st Floor West Offices (F045)






1.          Declarations of Interest 

(Pages 1 - 2)


At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest or other registerable interest they might have in respect of business on this agenda, if they have not already done so in advance on the Register of Interests. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.


An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it

becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.


[Please see attached sheet for further guidance for Members]




2.          Exclusion of Press and Public 



To consider the exclusion of the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following:


Annex I to Agenda Item 8 (Virtual School Annual Report 2022/2023) on the grounds that they contain information relating to any individual and information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual. This information is classed as exempt under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as revised by The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006).




3.          Minutes 



To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2023.


[Minutes to follow]




4.          Public Participation 



At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.


Please note that our registration deadlines are set as 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at our meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is 5:00pm on Friday, 01 December 2023.


To register to speak please visit to fill in an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting, please contact Democratic Services. Contact details can be found at the foot of this agenda.


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During coronavirus, we made some changes to how we ran council meetings, including facilitating remote participation by public speakers. See our updates ( for more information on meetings and decisions.





5.          2023/24 Finance and Performance Monitor 2 

(Pages 3 - 24)


This report sets out the projected 2023/24 financial position and the performance position for the period covering 1 April 2023 to 30 September 2023. This is the second report of the financial year and assesses performance against budgets, including progress in delivering the Council’s savings programme.




6.          Children and Young People in Care and Care Leavers Update 

(Pages 25 - 38)


This report provides an update on key elements in relation to Children and Young People in Care.




7.          Corporate Parenting Board Annual Report 

(Pages 39 - 58)


This report presents the first ever Corporate Parenting Board Annual Report.




8.          Virtual School Annual Report 2022/2023 

(Pages 59 - 100)


This report introduces the Virtual School Annual Report 2022/2023.




9.          Work Plan 

(Pages 101 - 102)


Members are asked to consider the Committee’s work plan for the 2023/24 municipal year.




10.      Urgent Business 



Any other business which the Chair considers urgent under the Local Government Act 1972.




Democratic Services Officer


Reece Williams

Contact Details:

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For more information about any of the following please contact the Democratic Services Officer responsible for servicing this meeting:


·        Registering to speak

·        Business of the meeting

·        Any special arrangements

·        Copies of reports and

·        For receiving reports in other formats


Contact details are set out above.