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Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members


Apologies were received from Robert Was and Councillor Louki.


Councillor Ed Mayne and Councillor Chatt were in attendance.  Presenting officers were Laura Maclehose (LBH) and Alan Tomkinson (Sport Impact).


Minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2015 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 90 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2015 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:


Minute 17: Child Obesity and Children’s Health briefing (1st bullet point):

Laura Maclehose corrected ‘secondary’ to read ‘primary’ in the following sentence “The Discovery Club was a pilot weight management scheme run in four primary schools that monitored the progress of young people identified as overweight.”


Matters Arising:


Minute 17: Child Obesity and Children’s Health briefing (1st bullet point): Laura Maclehose confirmed that Alan Wilkinson had provided a data summary on the Discovery Club scheme. 


Minute 17: Child Obesity and Children’s Health briefing (4th bullet point):

Councillor Mitchell asked whether any data was available to support the correlation indicated between areas of high deprivation and increased levels of obesity.  Laura Maclehose referred to the 2015 results of the National Child Measurement Programme which identified Hounslow as one of the most deprived areas nationally adding that obesity levels were significantly higher in reception and Year 6 for a number of minority groups.


Minute 18: Brighter futures for under-5s (9th bullet point):

Councillor Mitchell requested a list of the additional venues identified to date. The Chair asked John Murphy to progress this matter outside this meeting and circulate the results to all members. Action: John Murphy



Child Obesity and Health Scrutiny Review Options Paper pdf icon PDF 106 KB


See report submitted, Agenda Item 3. 


Laura Maclehose and Alan Wilkinson and Councillor Mayne were present for this item.  John Murphy, Scrutiny and Policy Officer, introduced the item. 


Councillor Lynch joined the meeting at this point.


Laura Maclehose suggested two areas the Panel may wish to review in more depth as combatting childhood obesity and the comparison in levels of physical activity between girls and boys.  She introduced Alan Wilkinson whose Discovery Clubs, funded by the borough and targeted at primary school children identified as obese, had resulted in some 40% weight loss and 50% increased cardiovascular fitness amongst participants. 


Mr Wilkinson suggested that it was possible to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity at primary level, using after school clubs, Change 4 Life clubs, etc. He pointed to the ‘Play and Engage’ scheme that encouraged 4 year olds attending nursery and their parents to take part in physical activity.


It was acknowledged that it was very difficult to achieve recommended physical activity levels at secondary level, as the focus was on academic achievement, whereas primary education benefitted from ring-fenced funding for sports and physical activity.


Sport Impact was a not for profit organisation currently based in a host school.  It received 75% of its budget from around 80% of the borough’s primary schools, working with teachers to increase their confidence and enthuse them about how they in turn could encourage children to take part in physical activity.  Participation in school sports competition was broadly classified in three levels; level one (intra-school), level two (inter-school) and level three (regional - London wide).  Primary level sports and activity was targeted at multi-skilled and traditional sports.  Mr Wilkinson believed there was a big difference both in attitude and aptitude to physical activity between individuals who had been active before starting primary school and those who had not.


In discussion the following points were raised:

·       When asked about work to enthuse primary school PE teachers about the PE curriculum and beyond, Mr Wilkinson suggested this started with the curriculum.  His organisation promoted Change 4 Life, Discovery Clubs and the national programme of Aspire Clubs. The national Getting Girls Active programme had been introduced in Hounslow and encouraged young girls become leaders and mentors for younger people as well as achieving improved activity levels for themselves. 

·       Isleworth and Syon School for Boys led on a Duke of Edinburgh Award programme that was thriving in the borough. 

·       It was noted that the borough had a lot of clubs providing a range of sporting activity that was independent of school provision.  When asked whether clubs could be formally affiliated in some way to local schools in their area, Mr Wilkinson confirmed that schools were already encouraged to signpost children to clubs.  When this worked, those children with sporting ability attended their local club and the children at school received more concentrated attention.  The borough’s schools already had strong relationships with sports clubs.  Those clubs that had more funding could afford to invest in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.


Work Programme 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 66 KB


John Murphy asked members to submit any particular lines of enquiry they may have in relation to CAHMS.  He referred the Panel to the Transforming Care Plan item at the 7 March meeting Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board meeting.


Councillor Lynch requested an item on the SEN transition from school to adulthood, noting that some positive feedback had been received on the improved processes from families in the borough following the initiative taken by the Cabinet Lead Member.  John Murphy suggested that Councillor Lynch’s enquiry could be used as a focal point for discussion on SEN at the 21 April meeting.  It was agreed that Councillor Lynch would send his question for the Lead Cabinet Member to John Murphy following this meeting.


It was agreed that the Outcomes for children leaving care would be taken as the first topic in the new municipal year.



That the work programme as discussed was agreed.


Urgent Business

Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.


Referring to the tabled paper “Getting Girls Active”, Councillor Chatt recommended further scrutiny of the figures presented for Brentford School for Girls, which suggested that the school was only targeting 1.7% of the 900+ students.  He indicated that the Council should continue to support the promotion of physical activity, both through the Lead Cabinet Member’s portfolio and as local ward members.


The Chair noted her apologies for the April meeting, due to her attendance at an event by the British Legion to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday.  She wished to record her thanks to the Panel for their support over the past year.