The children and young people scrutiny commission focuses on all services provided by Hackney Learning Trust, as well as children's social services and other issues relating to young people in the borough.
Children and young people scrutiny committees are expected to co-opt faith representatives and parent governor representatives, in addition to Councillors on the commission. To fully represent Hackney's demographics, we have also invited co-optees from the Free Church Group of Churches Together in England, and the Orthodox Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as Hackney School Governors Association and the Hackney Youth Parliament.
Hackney - a place for every child and young person
We're carrying out a major engagement exercise among residents called 'Hackney - a Place for Everyone?' The findings of this work will help shape the actions that the organisation takes over the next few years. As the commission focused on the needs of young people and the services directed towards them, Members want to work to ensure that young people are able to fully contribute to the programme.
Read more on our Hackney - a place for every child and young person review.
Full work programme and meetings
You can view the children and young people scrutiny commission's full work programme for the year on the agenda for each meeting of the commission.
In addition to its review work, the Commission uses its time to look at other topics which it feels may benefit from its attention. These one-off items are usually explored within a single meeting. Since June 2015 the following one-off item has been scrutinised:
- counselling and advice as a way to identify and support victims of child sexual exploitation (July 2015)
This is an assessment of a counselling initiative delivered in Hackney and some other areas, found that the programme had helped to identify and support a number of victims of child sexual exploitation, some of whom were not already known to statutory services. Members wanted to hear more about this, by way of a panel discussion with officers and organisations involved with the initiative.
Regular update items
The commission also hears regular updates on a number of items. Since June 2015 the following updates have been received: