Minutes of meeting held on 27 April 2015


Present: Councillor S. Egan (Chairman), Councillor E Williams, Councillor R.Traherne, Councillor R. Bertin, Councillor J Birch, P.Evans (Director of Social and Care Services), Rachael Evans (Head of Children & Young People Services), Martine Coles (LAC Education Coordinator) Ann Williams (Principal Officer - Children and Young People Services),Mark Petherick (Cabinet Officer).







Apologies for absence





Councillor C Elmore, Councillor V Hartrey, Mike Glavin (Head of School Improvement and Inclusion).


Councillor S Egan, chaired the meeting in the absence of Councillor Elmore.





Minutes and Matters Arising 15 December 2014






The minutes of 15 December 2014 meeting were agreed as a correct record.



All agreed


Raising the Ambitions and Educational Attainment of Children who are looked after in Wales – Consultation Response – Martine Coles and Alison Macdonald





MC and AM presented the above consultation document to panel meetings and discussed each point of the document with members. The document was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.


The panel gave thanks to MC / AM and agreed that the response to the document would be shared with members before being submitted to Welsh Government by the 4 May 2015 deadline.



All members agreed




Response to be circulated to Members - MC


Developing a Corporate Parenting Strategy – Rachel Evans





RE presented the above paper on Developing a Corporate Parenting Strategy.


The paper outlined the current position of the Panel within the Vale of Glamorgan compared with other Councils Panels across Wales.


Responses were only received from 11 out of the 22 authorities, only 3 of these had a Corporate Parenting Strategy, and the remaining 8 all had terms of reference.




The paper also highlighted areas such as priorities for the panel, membership, defining priorities, and accountabilities.


Both RT and JB suggested that it would be a good idea for a foster carer or young person to attend each meeting to have a perspective from them which would be useful for the panel.


It was agreed that it would be a good idea to hold a workshop for Members and to invite all Councillors to discuss the way forward in terms of developing the Council’s Corporate Parenting Strategy.























MP to organise workshop panel and advise all Members.



Foster Carer Recognition Event – Feedback from attendees






SE, RT, RB confirmed that the event was a great success; they all thought the venue was appropriate and that the event was enjoyed by all those who attended.


Feedback from foster carers was that they were grateful for the event and felt valued by the Council.


All members agreed that the event should be held annually.










All Members agreed



Developing a National Approach to Advocacy – Cabinet Report





Members were presented with the above report that was to be submitted to Cabinet on the 11th of May 2015.


The report was to make Cabinet aware of work being undertaken to develop a national approach to the provision of independent advocacy to some groups of children and young people and of the immediate implications for the contractual arrangements currently in place in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The report also sought Cabinet approval for extending, until 31 March, 2017, the existing contractual arrangement with the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) for the provision of independent advocacy services to children and young people, in line with Financial Control Regulations and Contract Standing Orders.



All Members noted.


‘It’s My Life’ – Children’s Commissioner for Wales – Karen Conway




KC presented the above paper to the panel.


The paper provided feedback on All-Wales Care Leavers Events held at various venues during July and August 2014.


Atlantic College, Llantwit Major in South Wales played host to events that brought nearly 100 young people from across Wales together who were in foster care, residential care or who had left care.


The aim of the events were to explore the issues that young people faced when they started to plan to leave care and live independently and to identify evidence of good practice.


The full paper was attached at Appendix 2 to the report.




Any Other Business





No other business was reported.





Next Meeting Dates 2014





The next meeting will be replaced by the Corporate Parenting Panel Workshop date to be confirmed and circulated by MP.


All Agreed


MP to circulate to all once agreed