To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive).
A report was considered from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) regarding Youth Service Provision. The report provided a brief history of the Youth Service in Cumbria and summarised current provision.
The Assistant Director Children and Young People guided members through the key points of the report, including the elements of the service and a brief history and timeline of the service. Current provision was reported. This included the responsibility of Local Committees for universal youth provision. Cumbria Youth Alliance and its Service Delivery Plan and membership were reported and the in house Targeted Youth Support service and its role in early help work was outlined for members.
A member of Eden Local Committee who is also a member of the Local Committee’s Children and Young People Working Group commented that he had not been made aware of the engagement issues in Eden. He was keen to support better engagement in the area. With regard to targeted youth support, he was not aware of which groups were operating in his community and felt that there needed to be better communication. An offer was made for the Cumbria Youth Alliance to attend a meeting of Eden Local Committee’s Children and Young People Working Group. The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services explained the mechanism for Local Committees’ Children and Young People Working Group’s to have Targeted Youth Support on their Agenda.
A member was keen to review the mapping exercise of youth provision in Eden and South Lakeland which would be undertaken by Cumbria Youth Alliance and Young Cumbria.
The Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) advised that he would be attending the Cumbria Youth Alliance AGM in September 2018 and offered to report back to members.
A member raised her concern about whether Targeted Youth Support was duplicating work undertaken by other Government initiatives such as that for troubled families and queried whether the staff who had returned to the County Council had been TUPE transferred. The Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) provided members with the history of the staff transfer and youth service contractual change. He did not feel that the service duplicated the service provided by Government but would review and if so, would report back to members.
A member commented that not all children wanted to engage, even when a package such as youth clubs were offered and much effort is invested in putting the offer together.
1 The current position and planned future of Youth Services in Cumbria be noted
2 The Board receive the information regarding the mapping of youth provision in Eden and South Lakeland by Cumbria Youth Alliance and Young Cumbria, when available
3 The Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) to review whether Targeted Youth Support was duplicating work undertaken by other Government initiatives and report back as necessary