Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Spot - 78 St John’s Road, Isleworth TW7 6RU

Contact: Bill Lee on 0208 583 2068 or Email: william.lee@hounslow.gov.uk 

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Paul Lynch, Cllr John Todd, Alan Adams and Bob Spencer.




Minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2016 pdf icon PDF 209 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2016 were agreed as a true and accurate record and were signed by the Chair.


Matters Arising


Item 14 – Matters Arising: Cllr Tom Bruce asked about the outcome of the meeting between Anne Fitz-Patrick and Cllr John Todd regarding the complaints report. Ms Fitz-Patrick stated that the meeting had not taken place and Cllr Todd had advised that he did not intend to pursue the matter. She added that the Complaints Manager had informed her that the next report would be set out differently following feedback.


Items from Young People

To end by 5:25pm.


Two members of the Children in Care Council (CiCC) attended the meeting and spoke about the CiCC’s annual meeting. The body’s annual survey had been discussed; members had felt that more should be done to ease anxiety both for children going into care and leaving care. The “Big Box” issued to looked after children (LAC) had been found useful by many youngsters but was also a barrier to many because of its size, for example if they had to take it to a meeting it was a very bulky item to have to carry. A drawstring bag had been suggested as a flexible alternative. Documents supplied to help LAC understand the care system were currently all in English which was of little or no use to many migrant or unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) who may speak little or no English. Such people were already suffering high levels of stress because of their situation, which was only added to by being unable to understand what was happening so moves to translate into at least the most common other languages.


Extra resources were also felt to be needed for the care leavers’ pack to help with becoming independent, job hunting, applying for benefits, university applications etc. Jacqui McShannon advised that arrangements were being made for Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) to stay with care leavers longer to make the transition longer and smoother. Electronic translation services were being examined.


Adoption and Permanence Panel - Independent Chair's Annual report

Jacqui McShannon, Director Children’s Safeguarding and Specialist Services. 5:25 – 5:45pm.

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Jacqui McShannon presented the report (agenda item 6|).


She advised that Cllr Lynch intended to step down and it was no longer compulsory to include a Councillor on the Panel. It was nonetheless felt that it would be a good idea for an elected member to take part if possible and so it was agreed that advice would be distributed to all members. Ms McShannon stated that full training would be provided and that the very experienced Chair and Vice-Chair would be extremely helpful to any new Panel member. The Panel met once a month for a full day and any Councillors who were interested were permitted to sit in to gain an insight into the panel’s work and the adoption service as a whole. She led members through the report which presented an overall very positive view of Hounslow’s adoption service.


Fostering Service Report

Bob Spencer, Head of Placements and Looked After Children’s Resources. 5:45 – 6:05pm.


As Bob Spencer had sent his apologies this item was deferred to a subsequent meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel.


Sharing Positive Outcomes of LAC and Young Care Leavers - Kids in Care Awards 2016

Chloe Sullivan, Youth Participation Officer for LAC and Natasha Woolman, Primary Phase Engagement Mentor. 6:05 – 6:30pm

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Chloe Sullivan presented the report (agenda item 8).


Members congratulated the young people on their tremendous achievements in education, enterprise, personal skills and personal developmnent, including the completion of university degree courses.   


Ofsted Inspection Report Outcomes - The Ride Children's Home

Presented by Sue Standfield, The Ride Unit Manager. 6:30 – 6:50pm.

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Sue Standfield, Ride Unit Manager, presented the report (see agenda item 9). Three residents of the Ride also attended and spoke to members. Ms Standfield advised that inspectors had been at the home for three days, carrying out an arduous full inspection and had spoken to staff and young people as well as looking at files. They had declared the Ride to be outstanding in its management and had given a good verdict overall.


Responding to questions from members Ms Standfield advised that weekly meetings were held where young residents could raise issues, discuss the upcoming menus etc. Formal questionnaires were filled in at six monthly intervals but residents were always able to approach her with any issues they may have. The home had finally acquired wheely bins, which had taken months of negotiations beginning in January 2016.


Any Other Business


Members’ safeguarding training was announced for 31 January 2017 but no date was yet available for Corporate Parenting training.