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Children and Young People's Scrutiny Committee

The Children and Young People's Scrutiny Committee is aligned to our 'Altogether Better for Children and Young People' priority theme.

Chair's welcome 

Durham County Council and partners have identified the following three priorities:

  • Children and Young People realise and maximise their full potential; 
  • Children and young people make healthy choices and have the best start in life;
  • A think family approach is embedded in our support for families.

These priorities have resulted in work being done to ensure children and young people are supported to develop, achieve and attain.  They are more resilient and reduce negative risk-taking behaviours.  They are safeguarded and protected from harm; that early intervention and prevention services improve the outcomes for families and children who cannot live with their families achieve permanence and stability.

The priorities identified have been used to inform the Children and Young People's Overview and Scrutiny work programme and are kept in mind in all the committee's work.

More information on the committee's membership, meetings and meeting papers is available at Children and Young People's Scrutiny Committee.

Projects and reviews

Contact us for a copy of the work programme, or reports on our reviews.

Elective home education in County Durham - April 2020

The purpose of this report was to investigate Durham County Council's elective home education offer and to examine if children who are home educated receive a 'suitable' education and are supported, safeguarded and protected from harm.

Children's residential care in County Durham - November 2019

The purpose of this review was to gain an understanding of concerns associated with the impact of children's residential care homes on demand of services and explore approaches to lobby government/national bodies for tighter legislation.

Role of the social worker from a child's perspective review - Sept 2018

The focus of the review was to look at how children are referred into children's social services, the assessment process and the training and development of social workers.

Take up of free-school meals and holiday provision - October 2016

The purpose of this review was to raise awareness of the need to claim free school meals for those parents who are eligible, ensuring their children receive a midday meal, and to increase awareness of holiday hunger activities taking place in County Durham communities.

Self-harm amongst young people - April 2015

The purpose of this review was to raise awareness and understanding of self-harm by young people to highlight to young people, parents and carers where support can be found.

Contact us
Scrutiny Team
03000 265 978
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