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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: The Hall, Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 7JN

Contact: Perminder Purewal, Democratic Services Officer  020 8496 4537 | Email: Perminder.Purewal@walthamforest.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received. 

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 as she is the CEO of LVE, Charitable Foundation – a charity that deals with young people and gang violence.  Councillor Bellamy was able to remain in the room for discussion of the item.

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 30 APRIL 2019 pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting, held on 30 April 2019, were approved by the Committee as a correct record and signed by the Chair, subject to correcting the spelling of a YIAG representative from Jayden Fisaer-Streeta to Jayden Fisher-Street. 

4.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Members of the public are welcome to participate in scrutiny meetings.  You may speak for three minutes on a topic related to the Committee’s work, and fifteen minutes in total is allowed for public speaking, at the discretion of the Chair.  If you would like to speak, please contact Democratic  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

Minutes:

None.

5.

COMMITTEE ACTION TRACKER AND FORWARD PLAN pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report from the Scrutiny Officer. 

 

Andy Spragg, Scrutiny Officer introduced the report and the Committee noted that there were two outstanding actions from the last meeting. 

 

The Committee asked that the following items be programmed into the Forward Plan:

 

  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Police Stop and Search
  • Operation Biscorn Update
  • Girls in Gangs
  • Borough of Culture Legacy
  • Reporting Technology
  • Violence Reduction Partnership
  • Positive Promotion of Young People in the Media
  • Street-base Programme
  • Best Practice Examples of Community Safety in other Authorities
  • Connecting Communities

 

Decision

 

The Committee noted:

·         Action Tracker

·         Draft Forward Plan

 

6.

SAFE AND TOGETHER pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

Daniel Phelps, Director of Wellbeing and Independence, introduced the report and, in doing so, confirmed that the intention was to improve the approach to how systems respond to children affected by domestic abuse. 

 

The Committee raised concerns in relation to the intended launch briefing that officers were to provide and said that it was important that the meeting was held in a location that was accessible to all, particularly given the recent technical issues with the lift in the Town Hall. 

 

The Committee then asked if a cost benefit analysis had been undertaken detailing the money that would be saved.  Laura Butterworth confirmed that such an analysis had been undertaken and that she would circulate the information to the Committee.

 

The Committee made enquiries in relation to where the trainers would come from and how long it might take to train around 300 people.   Ms Butterworth confirmed that it would take approximately 18 months to complete the first phase of training and that 2 lots of core training had already been purchased.  She added that there would be an e-learning training module available for professionals that do not require full training. 

 

The Committee asked if the intention was for the model to be used London-wide.  Ms Butterworth confirmed that a number of boroughs were interested in the model.  She explained that the model provided potential for income generation for LBWF.    The Committee then enquired as to whether the new model would have implications for boroughs who used a different model.  Ms Butterworth stated that the model did not in any way change statutory duties or the agreed threshold.  Whilst is would be good to see the model adopted in other areas, local success in implementation was not dependent on it.  Ms Butterworth stated that she had presented to model at a number of MOPAC meetings and the response had been positive. 

 

The Committee referred to the importance of victims and survivors of domestic abuse being consulted on the model and asked if their input had been sought.  Ms Butterworth confirmed that they had been consulted and said that a consultation exercise took place every year.  She added that the Safe and Together model came about as a result of survivors explaining what had went wrong for them in the past.

 

A representative from the YIAG expressed concerns in relation to the model, explaining that children going into care was a very delicate issue and, sometimes the non-abusing parent may not have the emotional stability to care for the child as a result of the domestic abuse.  The YIAG representative said that it would be difficult for such delicate issues to be discussed as easily as the model suggested.  Ms Butterworth confirmed that whilst the briefing provided was a broad summary of the project, the model presented tools, assessment and guidance to support professionals in identifying risks and to manage these often delicate situations in the best interests of the child.  She also stated that the model provided a road map  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.