Children and young people scrutiny commission
Low economic growth, wide-ranging changes to the welfare system and cuts in public spending are increasing the levels of youth homelessness in London and across the country. Centrepoint estimates that around 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year. The Commission is keen to understand what the Council is doing to provide support and advice to young people in the borough who face housing problems, and how family breakdown can be avoided.
About the scrutiny commission
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.
Commission details (including co-optees): membership, meetings, and contacts. Download an outline of the different members' roles (Word, 918KB).
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.
As well as the in-depth reviews, the commission received briefings on:
- Behaviour and school exclusions in Hackney (September 2011)
- Independent Muslim schools in Hackney (March 2012)
- Child Poverty and Wellbeing review (June 2011) and Hackney's Child Poverty and Family Wellbeing Plan (PDF) (February 2012)
- Achievement of Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot pupils and Caribbean-heritage pupils in Hackney (December 2011)
The commission will also receive regular updates on:
- The Learning Trust's transition back to the Council in 2012 (scheduled for October 2011, January 2012, April 2012)
- The new Young Hackney service (scheduled for July 2011 , December 2011, March 2012)
Children's centre advisory visits
Councillors make advisory visits to children's centres in the borough. The visits are intended to strengthen the relationship between children's centres and commission members and broaden their knowledge of this vital service outside of a formal review process.
Three advisory visits have been held so far, to Daubeney Children's Centre, Comberton Children's Centre and Lubavitch Children's Centre. The reports of these visits are available below, as well as the responses from the Learning Trust to queries raised as a result of the visits.
- Report from visit to Lubavitch Children's Centre (March 2012)
- Information requested about Lubavitch Children's Centre
- Report from visit to Daubeney Children's Centre (PDF) (June 2011)
- Information requested about Daubeney Children's Centre (PDF)
- Report from visit to Comberton Children's Centre (PDF) (December 2011)
- Information requested about Comberton Children's Centre (PDF)
Page updated: 4 Jun 2013