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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 282 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 5 September 2019 and 10 October 2019 and to receive information arising from them.

Additional documents:


Petitions and Public Address


Serious Case Review and Mental Health Homicide Review



This will be a presentation concerning the Serious Case Review (SCR) published by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) and a Mental Health Homicide Review into the care and treatment of the mother, which was commissioned by NHS England.


The Serious Case Review concerns the tragic death of a young boy, Child M, from injuries inflicted by his mother. Child M’s mother pleaded guilty to causing his death by manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was made the subject of an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act. Both independent reviews of the case found that Child M’s death could not have been predicted or prevented by professionals working with the family.


The Serious Case Review concludes that the “review of records gives no indication that any of the professionals involved missed signs of a serious deterioration in the mother’s mental health or risk to Child M in the days or weeks leading up to his death.”  A series of recommendations were produced as part of the review’s conclusion which are currently being implemented.



Business Monitoring and Management Report pdf icon PDF 874 KB



Report by the Corporate Director for Customers and Organisational

Development and Director of 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 September to 30 September. A summary of overall performance and description of change is contained within the report. The report contains three annexes: 


·         Annex A shows our current performance against targets and summarises progress towards overall outcomes set out in our Corporate Plan.

·         Annex B sets out the new Leadership Risk Register which has been developed as part of the Council’s work to strengthen risk and opportunities management.

·         Annex C sets out the current financial position, providing detailed explanations of significant budget variations and an update on the Medium-Term Financial Plan including the delivery of savings agreed by Council in February 2019.  


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



HMICFRS Report on the Inspection of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 450 KB



Report by the Chief Fire Officer.


In November 2018 HMICFRS carried out an inspection of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service over the course of a week. A team of ten inspectors carried out the inspection, speaking to staff, our partners and the public. To assess how good OFRS are at providing a service to the public. This inspection focused on three areas, these are:


1.    Effectiveness - How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?


2.    Efficiency - How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?


3.    People - How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?


HMICFRS provide judgement on these three areas giving one of the following grades:

·         Outstanding

·         Good

·         Requires Improvement

·         Inadequate


Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service received the judgement of “Good” overall in all three areas of the inspection. 


The inspectorate inspected 11 areas of the service known as sub-diagnostics. Of these 11 sub-diagnostics the service received the following judgment:


One area of “Outstanding” for “Promoting the right values and culture”, eight areas of “Good” and two areas “Requiring Improvement, see detail in the main report.


The Committee is recommended to:

a)               accept this action plan for publication

b)              advise on the frequency of reporting on the action plan for the Committee by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.



Highways Deep Dive Follow-up pdf icon PDF 242 KB



Report by the Director for Community Operations.


This report presents an update for Performance Scrutiny on the current position against the actions recommended.  It was agreed when presented to Cabinet that officers would provide an update autumn 2019.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to;

a)            note the progress of the actions following the Highways ‘Deep Dive’; and

b)           endorse the tasks identified in paragraph 29 as the remaining priorities.


Additional documents:


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 119 KB



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



Transformation Sub-Committee Meeting pdf icon PDF 231 KB

For information only - Draft Minutes from the Transformation Sub-Committee Meeting held on 17 October 2019.