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Members were informed of progress with implementing the recommendations arising from the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning)’s Task and Finish Group Review of the Youth Service in April 2012.  The Task and Finish Group had been 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.  Cabinet had, on 30th May 2012, approved the recommendations of the Task and Finish Group subject to a further report being submitted to Cabinet on progress made in implementing the 21 recommendations of the Task and Finish Group. 


Appended to the report was an action plan which showed the progress made to date with regard to each of the 21 recommendations of the Task and Finish Group.  Further information on the progress made in collaboration with Bridgend County Borough Council was also appended to the report.


The Principal Youth Service Officer updated Members in respect of the Youth Service Plan at the meeting, examples of which included:



Further Progress


The expansion of the use of the V-Pod was being undertaken in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and most communities within the Vale had been visited.


Consultation was being undertaken with young people at the end of September to enhance the involvement of the Youth Forum in the decision-making process with a view to annual elections being held to elect a Youth Mayor to represent the views of that elected body and of young people in the Vale.  A report would be made to Scrutiny and Cabinet in due course.


Communications with young people and improved marketing would be made via social media site and the improved use of new technologies.


It was anticipated that a presentation evening recognising Youth Service achievements would be held in March 2013.

(11) and (19)

A consultation paper had been produced regarding a possible partnership for a joint Youth Service.  The service has already taken views and opinions from bodies such as the Welsh Local Government Association, Welsh Government and Estyn.  Recommendations were expected by the end of September as to which model would be suitable following which a further report would be submitted to this Committee and to Cabinet.


When asked whether contact had been made with Town / Community Councils on the proposed collaboration with Bridgend County Borough Council, the Principal Youth Officer indicated that all had been contacted some time ago but that only two had responded to date.  Several Members of the Committee indicated that they would draw the attention of their respective Councils to the same.  In response to a question in relation to the future of Cowbridge Youth Centre, the Principal Youth Officer indicated that, as shown in the report, further advice was awaited prior to any decision being taken.  The progress report had also referred to the development of new social networking sites which, the Principal Youth Officer confirmed, would be moderated and were being developed in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council. 


Following comments in relation to the good progress made to date and the improved visibility of the Service, it was




(1)       T H A T the report be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for consideration on 1st October, 2012.


(2)       T H A T the consultation document referred to above be forwarded to all Members of the Committee.


Reasons for recommendations


(1)       To ensure Cabinet is aware of the progress made.


(2)       To inform Town / Community Councils of the current position."




Attached at Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 10th September 2012