Children and Young People Committee

Councillor Richard Forster

Chair: Councillor Richard Forster

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

  • how well the Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Children and Young People’s Partnership are doing
  • how well the goals outlined in the Children and Young People Plan and Corporate Plan are being met
  • efforts made to protect and keep children safe from harm, including protecting them from sexual abuse
  • efforts made to protect, support and improve outcomes for children in care
  • the effectiveness of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • social work caseloads
  • the results of integrating services through the Wakefield Families Together model, Team Around Early Years, Team Around the School, and Team Around the Family
  • 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 and inclusion
  • improving education for all children young people in the District
  • measures being undertaken to reduce the gap in educational attainment between advantaged and disadvantaged children
  • what is being done to reduce the gap in educational attainment between advantaged and disadvantaged children
  • early years’ education and childcare
  • commissioning for children’s services
  • school strategy and performance including reviewing Ofsted reports.
  • any issues relating to children and education 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 children in the District

Committee Members


Co-opted Members

  • Keith Garforth - recruited from the general public
  • Debbie Kahler - teaching union representative
  • Ruth Love - recruited from the general public
  • Kathy Robertson - Church of England Diocese representative
  • Andy Tagger - recruited from the general public
  • Alasdair Manson - recruited from the general public
  • Chris Bingham - voluntary and community sector representative
  • Vacancies x 4

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

You can find the minutes, agendas, and future meeting dates of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board and Committees in Our Meetings Database.

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Overview and Scrutiny Office County Hall Wakefield WF1 2QW

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