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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors R Claymore, M Bailey and S Doyle.


Apologies were also received from Councillor D Cook who would be late to the meeting and arrived at 18:13.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 120 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 4th March 2024 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor D Maycock and seconded by Councillor C Dean)



Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There were no Declarations of Interest.


Update from the Chair


The Chair thank the Members and Officers who had supported the Committee throughout the year.


Responses to Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

(Update on responses to the Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)


The Chair update the Committee that following on from the meeting on the 4th March 2024 they attended Cabinet on the 14th  March 2024 to present the Committees recommendations around the Housing Assistance policy where Cabinet approved the Committees recommendation, to look at a proposal for providing extra resource to assist the Assistant Director with the backlog and a review of the process. They moved an amendment to the second recommendation: to look to revise the Housing Assistance Policy to include a provision to provide medically discharged armed forces personnel a priority



Consideration of matters referred to the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)


The Committee considered the following item:


Matters referred to Scrutiny from Cabinet or Council (loneliness and Isolation) pdf icon PDF 81 KB


At  Full Council on 28th February 2023 an item was considered by Full Council and referred to Scrutiny for consideration.


The Vice-Chair highlighted to the Committee that prior to the item being considered at Full Council, the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny received a presentation on Loneliness and Addiction Support Organisation and was also receiving updates for the Wellbeing Strategy. The Committee agreed that through the work identified in the report and the Wellbeing Strategy that the Council were already addressing this matter and that a separate item was not required on the work plan.





Update on health related matters considered by Staffordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 97 KB

(To receive the Digest from Staffordshire County Council’s Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee and an update from the County Councillor)


The Chair confirmed that the most recent digest had been shared with the Committee and that there was no County Rep present to provide an update.


Safeguarding Children and Adults at risk of abuse report Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee 26.03.24 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Community Partnerships)


The Chair welcome the Portfolio holder for Environmental Health and Community Partnerships who introduced the report to provide a biannual safeguarding update to the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee before handing over to the Partnerships Vulnerability Officer, Jackie Hodkinson who provided a summary of the report to the Committee highlighting the following:


Ø  There have been no referrals to safeguarding for children, however this did not mean there were no concerns but just that they did not meet the threshold for a safeguarding referral.

Ø  Miscellaneous referrals are when someone reports a concern/worry mainly through the Councils enquiries.

Ø  Where a referral does not hit the threshold for safeguarding, action may still be taken, such as a referral to the Tamworth Vulnerability Partnership (TVP)/County or mental health teams.

Ø  Successes had been seen following on from safeguarding training, through the street scene team highlighting concerns.

Ø  Children’s Safeguarding board – Section 11 Audit just being completed – working with other districts and borough safeguarding representatives.

Ø  Proposed membership of Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – more detailed updates should be available at the next meeting.

Ø  Community Safety Forum – following on from the last meeting Street Angels recruited an additional six volunteers.


The Committee made the following comments/observations and asked the following questions:


1.     The Committee thanked the Officer for the comprehensive report.

2.     Are there separate figures for cases that do not meet the safeguarding threshold?

The Officer confirmed that the miscellaneous figures are these cases, and where they can these are investigated by Officers by a safe and well check. Where a referral cannot be made the data is still recorded.

3.     Do you work with academies as well as county schools when addressing issues such as county lines?

Work is predominantly within schools including with Kettlebrook Short Stay School. There is lots of networking and joined up working.

4.     Where is cyber bullying/cyber-crime picked up, in particular around children?

The officer confirmed that financial abuse is seen through the internet but a lot of financial abuse they see is through people that are known to the victim, i.e carers etc. This is picked up within the safeguarding policy, whistleblowing policy, staff code of conduct etc. There are training modules available to staff. The Community Safety partners have liaised with banks previously to highlight this. Ensuring that staff do not put themselves in a vulnerable situation with residents is also highlighted.

The Council links into Internet safety weeks and highlights national campaigns as well as signposting, however, schools play a vital part in education parents around what young people can access on their devices.



that the Committee:




reviewed the report and raised any questions in relation to the content with the Assistant Director Partnerships in collaboration with the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Community Partnerships, and thereafter endorsed.




(Moved by Councillor D Maycock and seconded by Councillor S Daniels)





Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Annual Report 2023/2024 pdf icon PDF 58 KB

(Report of the Chair of Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny)

Additional documents:


Report of the Chair provided the Committee with a draft of the Committee’s Annual Report for 2023/2024 (Appendix 2) together with a draft of the Introductory Report (Appendix 1) which will be presented to full Council in the 2024-25 municipal year.



that the Committee:




considered and commented on the draft Annual Report and Introductory Report and thereafter endorsed the draft Annual Report and Introductory Report for submission to full Council, following agreement by the Chair of any final amendments and updates to reflect the final meeting of the 2023/24 municipal year.




(Moved by Councillor C Dean and seconded by Councillor S Daniels)





Forward Plan


There were no new items identified.


Working Group Updates

(Discussion Item)


There were no updates.


Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Work Plan


The Committee were happy with the work plan.


The Committee thanked the Chair for the work done this year.

The Committee thanked Councillor Cook for the information and experience he had shared with them.


The Chair closed the meeting