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Confirmation of Chair and Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 222 KB


The Scrutiny Manager opened the meeting and invited the committee to confirm the appointment of Cllr Luke Sorba as Chair and Cllr Caroline Kalu as Vice Chair.


It was RESOLVED that Cllr Luke Sorba be confirmed as Chair and Cllr Caroline Kalu as Vice Chair of the CYP Select Committee for the municipal year 2020-21.


Minutes of the meeting held on 10 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 474 KB


It was RESOLVED that the minutes be approved as a true and accurate record of the proceedings.


Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 211 KB


It was RESOLVED that the following non-prejudicial interests be noted:

1.    Cllr Jacq Pashoud is a Trustee of the Ravensourne Project and a Trust Governor (not appointed by the local authority) of the Brent Knoll and Watergate Trust. Both bodies are short breaks providers within the borough.

2.    Cllr Luke Sorba is a Lewisham council appointee to the Council of Governors for the South London and Maudsley Trust.

3.    Cllr Liz Johnston-Franklin is the Lewisham Council representative on the Youth First Board.



Responses to Referrals from this Committee to Mayor and Cabinet

None due.


No responses were considered.


It was noted that a referral made by this committee regarding ICT provision had been considered by the Mayor and Cabinet after the agenda and papers for this meeting had been published. The response would be presented at the next meeting.


Select Committee work programme pdf icon PDF 325 KB

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It was RESOLVED that:

1.    The following topics would be added to the work programme:

a.    BAME school attainment, including BAME representation on governing bodies

b.    Elective Home Education, including unregulated educational settings

c.    SEND – transitioning between young people’s and adults’ services

d.    CAMHS

e.    An information report (not for discussion at a Committee meeting) on the impact of using Assessed Grades on post-GCSE and post-A level destinations of Lewisham children.

2.    The Chair will write to the Chair of Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee to formally request that matters within the remit of that committee that affect children and young people, be jointly scrutinised.


Financial stabilisation - budget update and medium term plan pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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It was RESOLVED that

1.      The report be noted.

2.      Officers be asked to note the views of the committee.


Children's Social Care Post Ofsted Report pdf icon PDF 931 KB


It was RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Early Help presentation pdf icon PDF 232 KB


It was RESOLVED that:

1.     A meeting be arranged between the Chair, Vice Chair, Cllr Johnston-Franklin and the Executive Director for Children and Young People to discuss Youth First and potential changes to contract specifications.

2.     When COVID-19 restrictions permit, that Member visits to children and young people hubs both within Lewisham and examples of best practice elsewhere, be arranged.