Children and Young People and Skills Committee


Chair: Cllr David Jones

This committee is specifically involved in scrutinising, monitoring and reviewing:

  • The effectiveness and performance of the Wakefield District Safeguarding Board
  • The effectiveness and performance of the Children and Young People’s Partnership
  • Work undertaken to protect and safeguard children in the District.
  • Work undertaken to protect, support and improve outcomes for Looked After Children
  • Work undertaken to prevent and protect children from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • The effectiveness of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Children in Need caseloads
  • Outcomes as a result of the greater integration of services through prevention, early intervention and integrated locality working, to include Integrated Care Teams and Integrated Early Help Hubs
  • Work, progress and performance of the Youth Offending Team
  • Work, progress and performance of the Troubled Families programme
  • Fostering and Adoption services
  • Arrangements for fulfilling the Council’s statutory duties, assurances and arrangements for safeguarding and holding the Director of Children’s Services and lead Members to account.
  • Education in the District
  • Raising aspirations and standards of achievement in pre-16 education
  • Raising aspirations and standards of achievement in 16-19 education, skills and training
  • Responding to the Skills Challenge in the District including measures being undertaken to ensure education providers are providing an adequate variety of courses to meet the needs of employers within the District and ensuring that young people have the skills for a successful transition to adulthood
  • Measures being undertaken to reduce the gap in educational attainment between advantaged and disadvantaged children
  • Measures being undertaken to improve educational, health and social care outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
  • Early years’ education and childcare
  • Commissioning for children’s services
  • Schools’ and academies’ issues including bullying, safer schools, transport, schools forum etc
  • Programmes associated with the building and refurbishment of learning resource centres / schools / academies
  • The work of any relevant partnerships or public bodies that deliver services to the people of Wakefield in relation to the protection of children, education, skills and training
  • How local services are joined up to tackle poverty

Committee Members


  • Councillor Cynthia Binns
  • Councillor Stuart Heptinstall
  • Councillor Karl Johnson
  • Councillor David Jones (Chair)
  • Councillor Pauline Kitching
  • Councillor Celia Loughran
  • Councillor Kathryn Scott (Deputy Chair)
  • Councillor Graham Stokes
  • Councillor Kevin Swift
  • Councillor Richard Taylor
  • Councillor Maureen Tennant-King

Co-opted Members

  • Usman Ali - recruited from the general public
  • Keith Garforth - recruited from the general public
  • Monica Graham, Voluntary and Community Sector representative
  • Sally Kincaid - National Union of Teachers representative
  • Gerry O’Donnell - NASUWT representative
  • Stuart Piper - Police and Crime Commissioner representative
  • Kathy Robertson - Church of England Diocese representative
  • Andy Tagger - recruited from the general public

Vacancies x 6:

1 x Youth representative

1 x Headteacher Professional Association representative

1 x Member recruited from the general public

3 x Parent Governor representative

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

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Contact us

Overview and Scrutiny Office

County Hall

01924 306736/5133