Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 10th September 2012


Report of the Managing Director


Youth Service Progress Report on Scrutiny Review


Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Members of progress with implementing the recommendations arising from the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee's Task and Finish Group review of the Youth Service in April 2012.


1.             The Youth Service continues to work on implementing the recommendations and reports back to the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet on overall progress made in April 2013.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure ongoing improvements of services to young people are achieved in accordance with the recommendations of the Scrutiny Review Action Plan of April 2012 (Cabinet Minute C1724 refers).


2.             A Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee Task and Finish Group was tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service between October 2011 and April 2012.  The review followed a restructuring of the service with the aim of ensuring the Council had appropriate organisation and arrangement practices in place to meet its statutory obligations.

3.             Cabinet at its meeting on 30th May 2012 resolved THAT the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] be approved subject to a further report being submitted to Cabinet within one month on progress made to date in implementing the 21 recommendations of the Task and Finish Group.

4.             With regard to the 21 recommendations of the Task and Finish Group, the services has acted and made progress on each of these.  The actions against each recommendation can be seen at Appendix A.

5.             Further information on the progress made in collaboration with Bridgend County Borough Council can be seen at Appendix B.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.             Limitations in funding have necessitated a more innovative and creative approach to the use of resources and service delivery.  However, further reductions to budgets could result in a reduction in services to young people in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             There are no immediate resource implications associated with implementing the recommendations arising from the review..

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             There are no climate change related issues.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             Currently there are no Human Rights implications.  Staff and Trade Unions will be kept informed of all developments and consulted when appropriate.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        Reductions in the provision of youth support services as a result of financial reductions may result in increased anti social behaviour and youth annoyance.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        There are no Equal Opportunity implications arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        Community Strategy, Children and Young People (Priority Outcome 5) - 'Children and Young People in the Vale are well informed and supported to access a broad range of quality services that enable them to take full advantage of the life opportunities available in their local communities and beyond'.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        The report is influenced by, Extending Entitlement 2000, Learning and Skills Action 2000.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        Service users and stakeholders have been consulted.  All Members have received Core Business Paper of the Principal Youth Officers Group outlining the scope of Youth Services in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Youth Service Provision Task and Finish Group of the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning)


Young People, Youth Work, Youth Service National Youth Service Strategy for Wales 2007


Contact Officer

Andrew Borsden

Principal Youth Officer

01446 709148


Officers Consulted

Paula Ham

Head of Strategic Planning & Performance


Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies

Managing Director