Community Planning Partnership Board Meeting December 2018
The final CPP Board meeting of the year took place at East Ayrshire Council Headquarters on Thursday 6 December 2018. The focus of this session was children and young people and some Members of the East Ayrshire Children and Young People’s Cabinet came along to the meeting.
Child Poverty continues to be a challenge for communities across Scotland and the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets national targets to be achieved by 2030, in relation to reducing the % of children in poverty. The Act also places a duty on local authorities and health boards to jointly prepare and publish a ‘local child poverty action report’ for each local authority area, with the first reports to be published in 2019.
In East Ayrshire we have agreed that all community planning partners will be involved in the development of our child poverty action report and an update on this work was presented to the CPP Board. Members were keen to discuss some of the preventative activity that is already taking place locally to support children and families. They also recognised some of the wider issues which continue to impact on our communities - the particular topics discussed included food poverty, especially ‘holiday hunger’ for children during the school holidays, and transport issues. In relation to transport, Members were keen to address the barriers which prevent young people from outlying areas from being able to access training and employment opportunities.
Children and Young People’s Service Plan Annual Review
Our current strategic plan for children and young people’s services has now been in place since 2017/18 and an update on progress to date was presented to Board members.
Since 2017, the Children’s Service Plan has also been aligned with the Child Protection Business Plan. The Independent Chair of the Child Protection Committee was present at the Board meeting and provided positive feedback in relation to local safeguarding arrangements for children, which focus on an early intervention and prevention approach.
In terms of future activity, Members welcomed a strengthened focus on improving outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people, particularly looked after children. This has already been identified as one of the CPP Board’s three strategic priorities for the three year period, 2018-2021.
East Ayrshire’s Promise to Looked After Children and Young People
All community planning partners have a role to play in supporting our looked after children and young people to achieve the best possible outcomes in life and the ‘Promise’ sets out our shared commitment to them. Local care experienced young people have been involved in developing this Promise, making sure that it reflects the things that are important to them. Board Members were delighted to hear about the work that the young people have done, recognising the importance of empowering our young people to be involved in the decisions and services that impact on them.
2019 Meeting Dates
The following dates were agreed for CPP Board Meetings in 2019:
- 2pm on Thursday 7 March 2019
- 2pm on Thursday 13 June 2019
- 9am on Thursday 19 September 2019 (Joint Performance Engagement Event with East Ayrshire Council)
- 2pm on Thursday 26 September 2019
- 2pm on Thursday 5 December 2019