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Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments


Declarations of Interest - Guidance note on back page of the agenda


Minutes pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2019 and to receive information arising from them.


Petitions and Public Address


Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner



A presentation from the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.  The Committee will scrutinise progress against the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 and consider the 2018-19 Annual Report.



Thames Valley Police Delivery Plan 2019-20



A presentation from the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.  The Committee will scrutinise the performance of the Thames Valley Police Service in 2018-19 and areas of focus for 2019-20.



Business Monitoring Report



Joint report by the Assistant Chief Executive and the Director for Finance.


This report sets out Oxfordshire County Council's (OCC's) progress towards Corporate Plan priorities and provides an update on the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Plan from 1 June to 31 July. Cabinet does not formally meet in August so information from June and July is covered in this report.  A summary of overall performance and description of change is contained within the report. Each month the business management report will address:


a)    Corporate performance (measured against the Thriving Oxfordshire Outcomes Framework)

b)    Risk (summary of strategic risk and other significant matters)

c)    Human Resources (summary of key data)

d)    Finance (summary including forecast outturn variance) 


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to note the report and consider any matters for future attention by the Committee.

Additional documents:


Safeguarding Children pdf icon PDF 410 KB



Report by the Director for Children’s Services.


Local Safeguarding Children Boards were set up under the Children Act 2004 in order that agencies co-operate with each other to safeguard children and promote their welfare.  The Oxfordshire Board is led by an independent chair and includes representation from all six local authorities in Oxfordshire, as well as the National Probation service, the Community Rehabilitation Company, Police, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, schools and Further Education colleges, the military, the voluntary sector and lay members. In April 2019 these arrangements changed to reflect the requirements of the DfE guidance 'Working Together 2018' however these reports relate to the financial year 2018/19.


This paper highlights findings from the Board's annual report on the effectiveness of local arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Oxfordshire. It also includes themes from two of the Board's multi-agency subgroups: the Case Review and Governance subgroup and The Performance, Audit and Quality Assurance subgroup.


The OSCB annual report will be considered at Cabinet, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the full Council.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to note these annual reports and provide any comments.

Additional documents:


Safeguarding Adults Annual Report pdf icon PDF 91 KB



Report by the Deputy Director, Adult Social Care.


The OSAB is required to report annually on the work of the Board and of its partners, assessing the position of the partnerships in relation to the safeguarding adults at risk within Oxfordshire.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to


a)            note that the adult safeguarding partnership is working across Oxfordshire and that work undertaken by the Board and its partners has resulted in a significant decrease in safeguarding concerns being referred into the Local Authority, building on the reduction on concerns started last year; and


b)           note the priorities for 2019/20.


Additional documents:






Local Government Association Corporate Peer Challenge Feedback Report pdf icon PDF 233 KB



Report by the Assistant Chief Executive


During March 2019, the Council commissioned the Local Government Association to carry out a Corporate Peer Challenge.


The feedback report from the LGA was received in July 2019 and is being shared with the Performance Scrutiny Committee at the earliest opportunity for feedback and comment ahead of Cabinet consideration in October 2019.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to:


a)                  Note the LGA Corporate Peer Challenge Report


b)                 Consider and comment on the recommendations made within the report


c)                  Consider whether specific recommendations should be included in the Performance Scrutiny Committee forward plan for more detailed consideration


Additional documents:


Development of the Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 230 KB



Report by the Assistant Chief Executive


The Corporate Plan will be reviewed for the business year 2020/21 to ensure that the document accurately reflects progress and priorities. The revised plan will be recommended to Council in February 2020 alongside Service and Resource Planning proposals. It is the intention to retain the existing vision and priorities, updated to incorporate new and emerging issues.


The Performance Scrutiny Committee is asked to note the development proposals for the plan and to comment on the new and prioritised issues which are being considered for inclusion or additional emphasis.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to:


a)            note the proposals for updating the current Corporate Plan for the period 2020-23; and


b)           comment on the new and prioritised issues for consideration set out at paragraph 8.


Impact of drug use on children and families



The Committee will receive a presentation about the impact of drug use on children and families and the work that the County Council does to address this particularly in relation to Child Drug Exploitation and County Lines work.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 118 KB



To agree the committee’s work programme for future meetings based on key priorities and discussion in the meeting.


Transformation Subcommittee pdf icon PDF 235 KB

For information only – Draft Minutes from the Transformation Sub-Committee meeting held on 25 July 2019.