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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 247 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 9 July 2020 (PSC3a), 30 July 2020 (PSC3b) and 13 August 2020 (PSC3c) and to receive information arising from them.

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Petitions and Public Address

This meeting will be held virtually in order to conform with current guidelines regarding social distancing. Normally requests to speak at this public meeting are required by 9 am on the day preceding the published date of the meeting. However, during the current situation and to facilitate these new arrangements we are asking that requests to speak are submitted by no later than 9am four working days before the meeting i.e. 9 am on Friday 4 September 2020. Requests to speak should be sent to  together with a written statement of your presentation to ensure that if the technology fails then your views can still be taken into account. A written copy of your statement can be provided no later than 9 am 2 working days before the meeting.


Where a meeting is held virtually and the addressee is unable to participate virtually their written submission will be accepted.


Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.


Business Management and Monitoring Report - July pdf icon PDF 219 KB



Report by the Corporate Director for Customers and Organisational Development and Director for Finance 


The report at Appendix 1 sets out Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC’s) progress towards Corporate Plan priorities during July 2020.  The report will be considered at Cabinet’s 15th September meeting.   


*** Annex C will be published on Wednesday 9 September 2020 following the Council meeting the previous day. ***


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

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Including Everyone: Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Framework pdf icon PDF 237 KB



Report by Corporate Director for Customers and Organisational Development


Oxfordshire County Council takes its obligations and commitments to equalities, diversity and inclusion very seriously. The annual update of the council's equality policy has been undertaken in partnership with Cherwell District Council to align approaches in a joint policy. This is in line with the agreed principles of joint working. It reflects the serious inequalities within our communities highlighted by the Director of Public Health Annual Report, the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. The updated draft policy is named ‘Including Everyone. Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Framework’.


This item for Performance Scrutiny Committee highlights the need for change, describes the process to update the policy and describes what we want to be different as a result of the work. It invites Performance Scrutiny to advise on and schedule an effective performance monitoring approach for the policy. 


The work supports delivery of the Council’s ‘Thriving Communities’ vision; due to the cross-cutting nature of equalities, diversity and inclusion. Performance Scrutiny are invited to comment on the draft policy document and make suggestions for its associated action plan, which will be recommended to Cabinet for agreement on the 13th of October 2020.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to:


a)                  comment on the draft policy document and make suggestions for its associated action plan, which will be recommended to Cabinet for agreementby Cabinet on the 13th of October 2020; and


b)                 advise on and schedule an effective performance monitoring approach for the policy. 


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Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Annual Reports pdf icon PDF 203 KB



Report by the Director of 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 Rehbilitation Company, Police, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, schools and Further Education colleges, the military, the voluntary sector and lay members.


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

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Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 91 KB



Report by the Director for 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 note the priorities for 2020-21.

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Community Safety Services Annual Report pdf icon PDF 89 KB



Report by the Director of Community Safety and Chief Fire Officer


The Community Safety Services Annual Report 2019-20 is produced for the County Council, Councillors and members of the public to provide them with a review of the Service's performance over the last financial year.  Community Safety Services set realistic but challenging performance measures every year, aligned to our 365alive vision. 


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to approve the report for publication.


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Committee work programme pdf icon PDF 397 KB



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