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Children, Young People and Schools Portfolio Holder

Description

The Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools’ responsibilities are the development and delivery of the Council’s Children’s Services, including:

 

·                     To be the lead member for Children’s Services, including overseeing compliance with Statutory Duties and reporting requirements as set out in the Children Act 2004;

 

·                     To lead on the strategic development and delivery of all aspects of Children’s Services including:

 

o   Safeguarding, Family Placement and Support

o   Young People’s Services

o   Special Needs Services

o   Integrated Early Years and Community Services

 

·                     To be a member of the Children and Young People’s Partnership and the Local Safeguarding Children Board;

 

·                     To attend the Corporate Parenting Panel and promote attendance by Portfolio Holder or Portfolio Holder assistant at the Virtual School Improvement Board

 

·                     To oversee the performance of Children’s Services in relation to national targets and priorities and to take account of any issues arising from external inspection and the performance assessment role of Ofsted;

 

·                     To sit on the Health & Well-Being Board;

 

·                     To oversee and promote corporate parenting responsibilities for children looked after, and representation on the Fostering Panel and Adoption Permanence Panel;

 

·                     To oversee the Commissioning and monitoring of Children’s Health Services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services from health service providers, as well as community and voluntary organisations;

 

·                     To oversee the development and review of the Children and Young People’s Plan;

 

·                     To ensure the development and maintenance of positive links and partnerships with local agencies, organisations and businesses to support the delivery of these services;

 

·                     To oversee consultation, liaison and maintenance of positive links with the local Youth Parliament and Harrow members of the UK Youth Parliament;

 

·                     To oversee the development and implement policies, strategies and procedural arrangements in line with statutory requirements for the provision of the Council’s social services functions for young people;

 

·                     To oversee the commissioning and contracting arrangements for the provision of services within the council and jointly with other partner agencies;

 

·                     To oversee the quality assurance and inspection functions;

 

·                     To be responsible for the Council’s Multi-Agency Protection Arrangements and to oversee the implementation of Harrow’s Early Years Strategy;

 

·                     To oversee the development of all early intervention services across the age range to promote access to services;

 

·                     To lead on partnership with the Health Service in relation to Children;

 

·                     To oversee the delivery and development of Harrow Youth Offending Services, supporting the Harrow Youth Justice Plan;

 

·                     To promote member understanding of the duties of corporate parenting and safeguarding;

 

·                     To collaborate with the PH for Public Health on commissioning matters;

 

·                     Work with the Children’s centres to introduce a scheme to reduce childcare costs for residents and Council employees;

 

·                     To ensure that the Council is meeting its commitments and strategies within the Portfolio, as set out in the Corporate Plan;

 

·                     The provision of another residential facility for children with severe disabilities.

 

Schools

 

·                     To be responsible for the development and delivery of policies, strategies and procedural arrangements in line with statutory requirements in relation to schools in Harrow;

 

·                     To be responsible for the development and delivery of the Council’s function as a Local Education Authority in relation to the provision of schools and commissioning post-16 provision within the Borough including:

 

o   Schools

o   Academies

o   Colleges

o   Achievement and Inclusion

o   Ethnic Minority Achievement Service

o   Harrow Tuition Service, including the Helix

o   Children’s Centres

o   Education Business Partnership

o   Governor Services

o   Education Welfare Services

o   Harrow Schools Improvement Partnership

o   Admissions and Place Planning

o   School Organisation;

 

·                     To oversee and ensure high quality relationships are built with all statutory and voluntary sector partners with particular emphasis on schools;

 

·                     To oversee the development, promotion and implementation of the following:

 

o   Harrow 14-19 Strategy

o   Student Advisory Group

o   School’s Forum

o   Stakeholder Reference Group

o   Education Services Consultation Forum;

 

·                     To be the lead member for schools, including overseeing the maintenance, compliance with Statutory Duties and reporting requirements of the Council in relation to schools in Harrow;

 

·                     To oversee education strategies to support the Narrowing the Gap agenda including achievement, attendance, behaviour and exclusion issues;

 

·                     To oversee the performance of Schools in Harrow in relation to national targets and priorities and to take account of any issues arising from external inspection and the performance assessment role of Ofsted;

 

·                     To discharge the Local Authority’s responsibilities for the appointment of Local Authority Governors and dealing with complaints against them;

 

·                     To oversee consultation, liaison or other partnership arrangements on education matters with the Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education, pupils/students, staff, parents, governing bodies and Government Departments including the Young People’s Learning Agency and Skills Funding Agency;

 

·                     Jointly with relevant Portfolio Holders to oversee the development of a strategy for social inclusion;

 

·                     To ensure the development and maintenance of positive links and partnerships with local agencies, organisations and businesses to support the development of schools in Harrow;

 

·                     To ensure the development and maintenance of positive links and partnerships with local agencies, organisations and businesses to support the development of training and apprenticeships in Harrow;

 

·                     To work closely with the Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Resident Engagement on the provision of sport & recreation through schools and the youth service.

 

(Note:  Full details of the Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People & Schools’ responsibilities can be found on page 35 of Part 3A of the Council's Constitution).

 

Portfolio Holder Decisions taken by the Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People & Schools can be found on the Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People & Schools’ Decisions webpage.