Overview and Scrutiny

Social Care Committee

The Committee will scrutinise the quality and performance of all Social Care related services delivered by the Council.

The remit and scope of the Committee in relation to Social Care related services is as follows:

  • Adult Care
  • Children’s Services
  • Strategic Joint Commissioning
  • Carers
  • Integrated services and well-being
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Work with the Third Sector
  • Compliance with the Social Services and Well-being Act
  • West Wales Care Partnership
  • Regional Safeguarding
  • Regional Fostering
  • Regional Adoption

The Committee has 13 members and will meet at least five times per year. Details of Committee members and future meetings, along with the Committee Work Programme, can be found below.

Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Committee meeting dates:

Task and finish/working groups

Terms of reference

Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work - meeting 7th March 2022

One-off’ committee items

Topic: Population Needs Assessment/Market Stability Report

To scrutinise the Population Needs Assessment/Market Stability Report West Wales Partnership presented by the West Wales Care Partnership 

Topic: Workforce Action Plan

To receive an update on the delivery of the workforce action plan

Topic: Social Care Funding Working Group

To receive the final report from the Social Care Funding Group. 

Standing/Recurring Items



Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work - meeting 14th January 2022

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Report on the development of micro-enterprises in social care

To consider the progress of the work of the Directorate in the development of opportunities to increase micro enterprises to deliver care and support.

Topic: County Council Budget 2022-23 and Summary Medium Term Financial Plan 

To scrutinise proposals for the Council’s budget and Council Tax levels for 2022-23

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2021-22

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2021-22

Topic: Performance Reporting/Monitoring

To scrutinise service performance and financial management on a quarterly basis

Topic: Safeguarding

To have ongoing scrutiny and oversight to ensure that adequate measures are in place to comply with our statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.



Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work - meeting 4th November 2021

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Service Planning

To scrutinise the business plan.

Topic: LAC Reduction Strategy and Action Plan

To monitor the LAC Reduction Strategy and progress of the Action Plan

Topic: Directors Annual Report 2020/21

To understand the key priorities, challenges and risks for the directorate

Topic: Community Hub 

To receive an update on the Community Hub and future plans for a new model. 

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2021-22

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2021-22



Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work - meeting 9th September 2021

One-off’ committee items

Topic: Directors Annual Plan

To understand the key priorities, challenges and risks for the directorate

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2021-22

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2021-22

Topic: Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report

To review the work of Overview and Scrutiny Committees during 2020-21

Topic: Performance Reporting/Monitoring

Scrutinise service performance and financial management on a quarterly basis

Topic: Safeguarding

To have ongoing scrutiny and oversight to ensure that adequate measures are in place to comply with our statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.



Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work - meeting 22nd June 2021

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Intermediate Care Service

To have oversight of the new Intermediate Care Service partnership.

Topic: Supported Employment Schemes

To review supported employment schemes and consider their impact.

Topic: Referral from Corporate O&S

To consider the referral

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2021-22

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2021-22



Task and finish/working groups

Quality Assurance Framework Working Group (est 19/11/19)

To provide members with assurance that the provision of residential care is robust and fit for purpose and that appropriate safeguards are in place to support and protect service users. 

Update to Committee as appropriate (work currently suspended due to Covid-19)

Social Care Funding Working Group (est 22/06/21)

To address concerns raised regarding the unsustainable way that Local Government was currently funding Adult Social Care and Children’s services and to take a detailed study on how the service is funded identifying the current funding problems with the aim to propose a constructive way forward for the service. 

Update to Committee as appropriate (Update scheduled for March 2022 Meeting)

Note

LAC Reduction Strategy and Action Plan – agreed to be reviewed in six months’ time (to come back to Committee June 2022)

Debt Recovery Social Services – agreed to be considered next municipal year (currently scheduled for June 2022)

Insourcing Residential Care Models – to be considered as part of the 2022/23 programme



Terms of reference

Purpose

The Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review and scrutinise services relating to the care, support and well-being needs of children and adults

Role and function

To scrutinise the quality and performance of all Social Care related services delivered by the Council, through the development of a risk-based approach utilising relevant management information such as:

  • service improvement plans
  • financial information
  • performance measures
  • business risk
  • self-assessment
  • customer feedback / surveys
  • external inspection / regulatory reports

Remit and scope

  • Adult Care
  • Children’s Services
  • Strategic Joint Commissioning 
  • Carers
  • Integrated services and well-being
  • Domiciliary care
  • Work with third sector
  • Compliance with the Social Services and Well-being Act
  • West Wales Care Partnership 
  • Regional Safeguarding 
  • Regional Fostering 
  • Regional Adoption

Procedure

The Committee will conduct its proceedings in accordance with the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules set out in Section 7 of the Council’s Constitution.

Membership

There will be 13 Members on the Committee

Frequency of meetings

The Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at least 5 times per municipal year.

ID: 549, revised 04/03/2022
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