Agenda, decisions and minutes

Keighley Area Committee - Thursday, 20th January, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Keighley Town Hall, Keighley

Contact: Jane Lythgow 

Items
No. Item

16.

ALTERNATE MEMBERS (Standing Order 34)

The City Solicitor will report the names of alternate Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members. 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Goodall for Councillor Clarke

17.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

None received.

18.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Jane Lythgow - 01274 432270)

 

19.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

To hear questions from electors within the District on any matter this is the responsibility of the Committee. 

 

Questions must be received in writing by the City Solicitor in Room 112, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY, by mid-day on Tuesday 18 January 2022.

 

(Jane Lythgow - 01274 432270)

 

Minutes:

None received.

20.

YOUTH SERVICE UPDATE - KEIGHLEY pdf icon PDF 195 KB

The report of the Strategic Director, Place, (Document “F”) provides an update on work undertaken by the Youth Service in the Keighley Area in the past 12 months and outlines the direction of travel for the next 12 months.

 

Recommended –

 

That the work undertaken by the Youth Service in the Keighley Area as detailed in Document “F” be welcomed.

 

(Jonathan Hayes – 01535 618008)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.    That the item be deferred to a future meeting of the Keighley Area Committee.

 

ACTION: Keighley Area Coordinator

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.    That the item be deferred to a future meeting of the Keighley Area Committee.

 

 

21.

PROTECTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK OF EXPLOITATION pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Chief Executive will present a report (Document “G”) providing an update on the contemporary strategic response to all forms of exploitation of children and adults at risk of exploitation and how partners from The Bradford Partnership – Working together to safeguard children and the Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board work to drive continuous improvement and to hold agencies to account for their work on this subject. The report also outlines the challenges presented to the partnership following the global pandemic – Covid 19.

 

Recommended –

 

1.    That the report be noted.

 

2.    That a commitment be made to working closely with partners to continue to raise awareness of exploitation of both adults and children.

 

3.    That the Chief Executive be requested to provide a further report in 12 months’ time.

(Darren Minton – 01274 424361)

 

Decision:

 

Resolved –

 

1.    That the report be noted.

 

2.    That a commitment be made to working closely with partners to continue to raise awareness of exploitation of both adults and children.

 

3.    That ward specific data be circulated to members of the Committee as agreed.

 

4.    That the Chief Executive be requested to provide a further report in 12 months’ time.

 

 

ACTION: Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Chief Executive presented a report (Document ‘G’) which provided an update on the contemporary strategic response to all forms of exploitation of children and adults at risk of exploitation and how partners from The Bradford Partnership – Working together to safeguard children and the Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board work to drive continuous improvement and are able to hold agencies to account for their work on this subject. The report also presented issues from the Covid-19 Pandemic. This provided a contemporary response to exploitation.

 

Members sought to understand how those who are not already on the Council’s radar are flagged as at risk of exploitation, and what signs are looked for. Officers explained that this information comes from intelligence. This can be members of the public or neighbours and there is also a safeguarding business initiative, with businesses such as Yorkshire Water who are entering homes and may be able to identify exploitation, which will help to keep people safe. Furthermore, the ‘Front Door’ service provides a, team of experienced practice supervisors, and any contact is dealt with by the bespoke exploitation team. This allows the team to set the child’s journey off on the right trajectory. Officers also explained that they are hoping to have a launch campaign over the next year to raise the profile of child sexual exploitation. Officers stressed that through the Multidisciplinary approach, they want CSE to be at the forefront of people’s minds.

 

Members were keen to understand how officers are engaging faith communities in the Keighley Central Ward.Officers explained that they wouldn’t have data of Keighley specifically but this is something that is in progress. Officers made members aware that they need to build on that in order to progress for the next steps. Officers identified that faith communities can be a very fast point of contact in Keighley central.

Officers suggested a need to improve in faith communities. Officers explained that they will circulate ward specific data if necessary.

Members sought to understand what was meant by ‘not yet assessed’ and whether those identified as ‘not yet assessed’ are moving through the system. Officers explained that exploitation assessments are taking place and that they are supplementary and take place along the statuary assessment. Concerns come through front door and are initially assessed in locality areas. There is a Daily Risk Assessment Meeting which allocate specialised and supplementary assessments for children who need it. Thus happens every day and will be cleared within the next 4 weeks.

 

Members asked if someone is accused are they accused until they become a perpetrator and whether this is flagged up whilst they are accused? Because if that was the case the DBS check would be clean, even though accusations could have built up over years. In Keighley there are a number of investigations of non-recent exploitation offences. Adult males, not exclusively, now may have children of their own or in their network. Members sought to clarity if there is a process to identify whether these  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.